FAQ Installment 34

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Good afternoon!

It has been a while since I did a FAQ installment so I thought I would put one together.

264. Kaitlyn asks, “Hi Angela! I love all of your running talk lately and I am glad to see that you have fallen in love with racing (I have too, thanks to you!!!). I know you have your half marathon coming up on the 27th, but I was just curious if you ever think you will run a full marathon some day? Have you ever given it any thought? I totally think you could rock one!”

I would be lying if I said that the thought hasn’t crossed my mind, especially now that I am enjoying all of the wonderful and inspiring marathon stories in my new book. At this point, I am really not sure if I will ever run a marathon. You probably saw that it was in my fitness bucket list as one of my fitness dreams! I never say never. Right now, I have this half planned for the 27th, a possible half on Oct 18th (Toronto Marathon), and I am also signed up for a half next May in Toronto. Time will tell! One thing is for sure…I have found a huge passion for running and racing and I am so happy that I found my own ‘sport’, since retiring from fast pitch softball years ago.

265. Jessy asks, “Angela I love your blog and I visit it daily to feel inspired about my health. So thank you for that. I just have one question- how do you stay so positive all the time? If I could have 1/10th of your positivity I would be much better off!”

266. Anon asks, “On the topic of motivation — how do you stay motivated to eat well and keep up with your workouts? How did you handle this while working full time out of the home? I currently working full time and I go to the gym every day but the joy is gone. I eat healthy for the most part but tend to OVER eat out of being worn down and tired. I exercise each day in the hopes of shedding those last five pounds, but alas, it never comes off because I’m too tired to really cook anything too healthy. And today, work is ending shortly and I’m exhausted with no gym motivation — how did/do you handle these situations?”

Great questions! Whenever I am asked about motivation I always think of one of my favourite quotes:

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” ~Zig Ziglar

There isn’t some special trick to being motivated. You’ll often hear people say, ‘I just don’t have any motivation so I can’t workout.’, but the truth is everyone is capable of motivating themselves. There are many days when I don’t feel like getting my exercise in or eating healthy. Something that helps me is knowing that I have committed to this lifestyle. If you commit to something and write out your goals and reason for doing this, that alone will give you some motivation to achieve those goals that mean so much to you. I suggest writing yourself a contract stating what your goals are and why you want to achieve these things and then put it up on your wall, office space, fridge, mirror. Remind yourself each and everyday what kind of life you want to lead. Also, creating a fitness bucket list really motivated me a ton. I look at it over 20 times a day and it makes me so excited about my goals.

My positivity comes from feeling good about my choices and knowing that if I mess up, I can make my next choice a good one. All of us have the power to chose our destiny.

Regarding working outside the home, the only thing that ever worked for me was to workout first thing in the morning before work. I could never ever motivate myself to workout after work or school. I would get up, brush my teeth, get dressed, and be to the gym often before I even felt awake! I had no time to chose if I wanted to workout or skip it because I made it automatic. The first 15 mins. of the workouts were tough, but then you wake up and you feel awesome for doing it.

267. Katie asks, “I get side aches when I run, they start up and I have to stop immediately because it hurts to bad to run. Its frustrating because I’m not out of breath or tired but the pain of the side ache. My question is do you experience side aches and if yes how do you get rid of them! thanks :)

I get side aches when I am not properly hydrated and when I am doing speed work. On my 10 k speed run the other day, I got some side cramps. I stopped to walk a bit, but I pretty much just had to run through them. I think it was my own fault because I didn’t bring any water and my body was dehydrated. I suggest making sure you are properly hydrated and see if that helps. I never get them when I am drinking fluids at regular intervals.

268. Cbeebs asks, “First off, I’d like to say that i only used to skim over blogs when i’m looking for recipes, but since encountering yours, i’m religiously following daily!!

I just graduated with a BCom this May and am job hunting…I find myself not all that thrilled about sitting in an office 9-5…but i’m finding myself quite into fitness/nutrition. I looked up the Can-Fit-Pro certification you mentioned back a while ago. Did you take the exam? Did you find it useful and would you recommend it? Where else is this certification recognized…is it only with the affiliated members? Thanks, I hope i sort out what i want to do in the next step of my life soon. “

Uh oh, I’m busted! haha. No, I haven’t taken the exam yet and I haven’t even had time to study for it either. My intention was to take the exam and get my certification for a Nutrition and Wellness Counselor, but alas, that did not happen since Glo Bakery has kept me working around the clock. I still hope to get my certification at some point just to have it. I would check out Can Fit Pro’s website for all of the information on all of their certifications. I have only heard good things about them. Goodluck!

269. Sarah says, “Hi Angela. A friend recommended your site to me and I just LOVE it. I just started trying the Green Monsters on Monday and actually got 2 girls at work to try them. We’re all doing the challenge together.

I also noticed that you go to an Aveda salon. I used to work as a makeup artist for Civello in Oakville. Is that the one you go to in TO? Just remember, that as gentle as the hair colour is, its defiantly not natural. It may have some natural ingredients, but unless its a henna product (which its not), its not as natural as you might think.

Take care and keep up the great work!”

Sarah you are right and this is something I have actually looked into. There is still bleach in the products they use to lighten hair. Unfortunately, when getting highlights, often products do not work unless there is some amount of bleach in them. I would love to be able to find a 100% natural product that works. If anyone knows of any (for lightening- NOT darkening) let me know!

270. Becca asks, “Hi Ange. Loving all your delicious pictures lately (well I always did just now they look even better!). I noticed that you haven’t been eating fish anymore and I was just curious if you decided to give it up. I don’t think I have seen you eat it since the Spring. What did you decide? Have a great day!”

You are right, I haven’t had fish since the Spring. As I have been experimenting with getting my protein in new ways I have found that I don’t need to rely on fish as a protein source anymore. I get plenty of protein now from beans, seeds, lentils and grains. Now that we have two fish as pets I most certainly cannot see myself eating it. I think Snitzlefritz and Jezabal would have a heart attack. ;)

271. Am asks, “Hey Angela, I really admired how organized you are. You have so much to do but you keep so organized that you manage to accomplish a lot in one day.
I work part-time and I am trying to study the rest of the time. I have a very important test to take coming up. However, I go to work, I work out, I go grocery shopping, I cook, clean, take care of my husband…etc and next thing I know…I am exhausted, it is the end of the day and I have accomplish NO STUDYING AT ALL :(
Do you have any suggestions on how to get my time organized in a way that I can get pretty much everything done?
I would really appreciate it!”

I think I already answered this in my last FAQ installment, but I just wanted to reiterate what a blessing G-Cal has been in my life.

If you have never given Gmail Calendars a chance you really should. I am so much more organized now! Check out my how-to post here. Watch out- you will become addicted to it!

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I also have a few words to get off my chest:

Dear Fresh,

Please love my products.

Love,

Glo Bakery xoxo

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Ps- Wasn’t The Office last night hilarious??? It was over so fast though…

Fun quotes:

Jim Halpert:
”This is parkour. Internet sensation of 2004. And it was in one of the Bond films. It’s pretty impressive. The goal is to get from point A to point B as creatively as possible so technically they are doing parkour, as long as point A is delusion and point B is the hospital.”

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Pam Beesly:
”This is the last day of our summer interns. It’s been nice. We haven’t had interns in a while. Ever since Michael’s Monica Lewinsky incident. He didn’t do anything sexual, he just made far, far too many Monica Lewinsky jokes. It was just easier for Corporate to shut down the program.”

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Andy:
Let me give you a scenario. I’m at like a beach cabana, and Brad Pitt approaches. Tries to lean in and kiss me. I would definitely resist, like at first. But if he was persistent, I might give in a little bit just to see what it felt like. Would I push him away? How hard? Like, what if he’s really aggressive?

Oscar:
If you resisted Brad Pitt a little bit he would still.. need to get to you?

Andy:
This is not real Brad Pitt, this is like, in my–this is my fantasy. Or not a fantasy it’s like what I’m–it’s just a scenario.

Oscar:
Wow I–I wish I could help you. I don’t–you might be gay, you might be gay

HAPPY FRIDAY!!! :)

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Megan @ Megzz Wins At Life September 18, 2009

I really enjoyed your FAQ ang!!! Looks like you have been working hard and I am sure they will love your products!!

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Alex September 18, 2009

Hahaha, loved the Office quotes.

Please, please Fresh, LOVE Angela’s baked goods!!!

Are they going to be at all Fresh locations? If so, I’ll get my bf to buy some stuff. Unfortunately, I don’t eat gluten or sugar, so I won’t be able to have any…The pics look delish, though!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 18, 2009

They are only sampling the products to see if they are a good fit for their restaurant. Its basically a long shot but you never know.

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Amisha September 18, 2009

Is it really PARKOUR? I thought they were saying Hard Core!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 18, 2009

yup google it!!!!!

Sadly I knew about it because Eric used to always watch videos of it…hahaha

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Amanda September 18, 2009

hahah PARKOUR! I loved when Michael talked about being picked for the team and finding out the sport was made-up. “I mean, come on, poop ball?!”

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Whitney @ Lettuce Love September 18, 2009

I found your blog this past week and I have to say that I love it! Your FAQ updates are great. I am definitely going to make a fitness bucket list. That is a great idea!

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Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries September 18, 2009

Glad to see another FAQ.. And I died with “You might be gay. You MIGHT be gay.” SO SO happy it’s back!

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Shawna September 18, 2009

haha, thanks for posting those office quotes! I watched it last night, and it’s always nice to re-live the moments from the show!

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Kristen @ frostingandfroth.com September 18, 2009

Thinking good thoughts for you, Angela. Fresh would be lucky to have your products. :-)

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Milca September 18, 2009

Love, “The Office” I have every single Season on DVD. It’s amazing, it’s funny though, not everybody gets the show. (I don’t understand that) I was wondering do you watch any of the other NBC shows Thursday night? Thursday is a good night here at my home.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 18, 2009

I really don’t watch much TV at all. The only shows I watch are: The Office (Thurs), ANTM (not sure why I watch- it kills my brain cells each week), What Not To Wear/Say Yes To The Dress (Friday nights TLC!!), and now that hockey season is back The Leafs! Oh and I also watch Dragon’s Den (A CAD show on DBD I believe). Love that show!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 18, 2009

Thats CBC I meant ;)

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Allison September 18, 2009

LOVE The Office! My boyfriend was laughing at how excited I was last night. Last May, after the finale, I almost immediately called my brother and just said “Pam and Jim OH MY GOD!!!” Good times.

I wanted to respond to a couple of the questions and your responses…to Katie (#267), something you might try to stop or prevent cramps or side stitches is “belly breathing.” Take deep, slow breaths and actually try to fill and push out your belly. Not the sexiest or most attractive thing, I admit, but it could help.

About hair coloring and henna, as far as I know, there is absolutely no natural way to lighten your hair. Only bleach or other chemicals can do that. Henna can darken your shade; the nice thing is that it usually picks up your highlights and lowlights so the color still looks natural. BUT, I tried it a few months ago, and the process was extremely messy and frustrating. Plus, it might have been the type I used, but it made my hair stink horribly every time it got wet for almost two weeks! The worst was when I worked out, the sweat plus the lingering henna smell was just terrible. Plus, henna affects everyone’s hair differently, not like salons or at-home kits where the shade on the box is what you get. It can take several tries to find the shade you’re happy with, and if you accidentally go too dark, you’re stuck.

Sorry to be such a downer about that! If you’re really interested in natural hair color though, you could try a light or neutral henna, which should brighten your hair and bring out highlights. Just be warned it can be a tricky process.

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Caroline September 18, 2009

Hey Angela! I don’t know how much you’ve heard about yogic breathing but I’ve been using it lately to keep side cramps away. I read recently on thatsfit.ca that side cramps might be caused by your diaphragm cramping up so breathing from the belly can help warm it up. Who knows if its true, but I haven’t had a problem with side cramps lately and I definitely would get them bad.

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carolinebee September 18, 2009

HAHA and of course- Michael’s quote at the end about Pam’s ultrasound picture!! ;D Maybe not blog approp- but hilarious!

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Meghan@traveleatlove September 18, 2009

I love your FAQ’s! Just a suggestion for side stitches/cramps while running: In high school track and cross country we used to have to lay on a mat with a stack of magazines on our stomachs and breathe so that they moved up and down. It was breathing all the way into the stomach that helped me eliminate cramps while running. Even now when I realize my breath is too shallow while running, I put a hand on my stomach and make sure it is moving in and out with each breath. Sounds crazy but it works!

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WholeBodyLove September 18, 2009

I love what you said about motivation. It’s so true. I went back to the gym three weeks after giving birth to my daughter (Dr. approved of course). At 6 weeks I returned to work and it was hard to be away from her for that extra hour that I would take to work out. But, it became second nature. I automatically drove straight to the gym after work and changed clothes. After a while, our daily routines become habits. But, WE CHOOSE what will become habit. If you do what you have always done, your result will be the same. If you choose to create new habits, change will follow!

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Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15) September 18, 2009

Your blog is always so motivating! I want to hop on the treadmill now!

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Morgan (lifeafterbagels) September 18, 2009

Oh Angela – I am crossing my fingers for you and Glo Bakery. I will definitely be sampling once you get them in there!

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Nicole September 19, 2009

I’m an avid runner, and sometimes I do get side cramps as well. I have read in Runners World Magazine to lift the arm that is on the same side as the cramping up in the air and walk until it subsides. I also get side cramps if I drink a lot of water less than an hour before I run. I hydrate with a least 16 oz of water an hour before I run (more if I am planning on running more than an hour or the weather is hot!), but I stop about an hour before. A sip every few minutes is fine during the workout is fine to stay hydrated though. This should also help with the side cramps! Good luck!

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Kelly September 19, 2009

“Ps- Wasn’t The Office last night hilarious??? It was over so fast though…”

…thaaaaat’s what she said.

Sorry! I couldn’t resist! But on the serious side, best of luck with Fresh! I know they’ll LOVE your Glo-ing delicacies!

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Shannon September 19, 2009

I had to scroll really fast when I got to the bottom of your post. I DVR’ed the Office and am watching it tonight. I can’t wait! But I can cheat and read the best lines :)

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Megan September 19, 2009

Hi Angela! I’m a first time commenter, but I’ve enjoyed your blog for quite a while. Thanks so much for all the work you put into it! I have a running question for you. Like you, I live in a cold weather climate (I live in Vermont) and this past year I’ve become a regular runner. I’m dreading winter because I’m afraid I won’t be able to run anymore. I was wondering what you do for running in the winter – do you run outside, or do you run on a treadmill? The treadmill just seems so boring, but I don’t want to give up running all winter!

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Bree September 19, 2009

totally not related to this post…but I’m sitting here working away and the tv is on…and there was just a commercial for a healthmaster blender and they were showing it blending chunks of concrete into fine dust…thought of you!! HAHA!! :-P

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