Senior Nationals Recap!

So about two three weeks ago I had the opportunity to finish out my season in Victoria, BC, at the Canadian Summer Senior National Championships! I was competing in both the 1m and 3m springboard events, having retired from Platform diving with the end of my collegiate career, but not ready to be done with the sport completely.

This meet was a new experience for me. My training cycle in the weeks leading up the meet, quite honestly, sucked. We weren’t having Saturday practices, I was working a lot (i.e. missing practice times) and we had quite a few cancelled practices for a variety of reasons! After Spring Break I had my final set of x-rays and while I had permission to jump and run, and wasn’t even diving with any more tape on my foot, I felt out of shape, and sluggish, and slow. I didn’t feel like I could jump high or spin fast or be prepared for a Senior National meet. I was borderline panicking- in a constant state of anxiety about this impending competition. Frankly, I didn’t want to embarrass myself.

And while we’re being honest here: I wasn’t wrong. I was NOT prepared for a Senior National meet, and things finally came to head about a week before I left. I sat down with my coach and we talked it through- every cold hard fact and every bit of pressure I had been beating myself up about. We ended up clarifying three goals to focus on in order to end my season on a positive note:

  1. Celebrate the fact that I am healthy- that I am no longer injured, that I can dive on two feet, and that I’m not in pain anymore.
  2. Celebrate my family being there, and the city of Victoria. Victoria is so pretty, and my mother and sister being able to come out for the weekend was so great for Mother’s Day.
  3. Enjoy the atmosphere. Take it all in. Say hi to your friends and enjoy the facility and have FUN during the competition.

My final practices in Iowa were MUCH more enjoyable and I jumped on over to Victoria (where I was 13 HOURS late- rants about my horrible flight karma in the works). After the disastrous travel day however, two days of competitions came and went and I ended up having a great time. Nerves got to me a little during the 3m event and I ended 18th, missing my marks a little more than I had hoped. Despite being somewhat “off” during the event I actually ENJOYED the competitive experience, which is always a bonus! The 1m event the next day was just as fun, where I finished 14th with only one miss compared to the day before.

This meet itself was a testament not to my preparedness or my ability as an athlete, but showed a shift in my outcome expectations. I’m a competitive person- I always want to do well regardless of the circumstances! What I’ve learned over the past year though, is sometimes the circumstances win. Sometimes all you can do is make the best of it, and I surprised even myself getting through the whole week with a smile on my face.

Now my summer plans include taking some much needed time off, getting into work and my internship, and getting to build up my fitness levels again! I can’t wait to be lifting weights and going for runs and finally getting to be SORE!

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Sister Sister

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We always joke back and forth about being each others favorite sister. Today though, lets take a second to acknowledge the fact that my older sister may potentially be my favorite person.

While our interests may be totally different, and even parts to our personalities, we have the same laugh. We use the same hands gestures and make the same faces. People used to think we were twins on the phone until I acquired my American accent.

Having an older sister might just be the greatest thing in the entire world. My sister is kind of a big deal- she’s been my role model for all things grown up, from shaving my legs to having a quarter life crisis. Who else can I text on a Saturday night with two outfit combos- and to trust her opinion completely even though she’s not there? Who else am I supposed to call when I feel like my undergraduate degrees are worthless? Who is going to know exactly the right thing to say when a boy is being mean? My sister is my best friend. I’m always proud to see her office when I go home, and I love hanging out at her house. I like kidnapping her for dog walks and hikes, and Skyping over brunch.

All in all, I hope this day is an awesome as you are. I can’t wait to be there and see what you do and accomplish when I’m 25 and then you’re 30 and then I’m 30 and then we blink and we’re bickering grandma’s. Who laugh exactly the same.

Happy Birthday

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10 Reasons to Visit Alberta

Between this summer and last summer, I’ve had the opportunity to showcase my favorite province to three of my favorite people. The Calgary Stampede, Rocky Mountains, Banff and Jasper National Parks, the Calgary Zoo, my backyard. There is no way to summarize how much I love where I grew up, and how fortunate I felt to able to share that with my favorite guy and two of my best friends. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ll let these photos do the talking and let you fall in love with Alberta too!

Calgary Evenings

So, if you live in Calgary or area, and haven’t been to Fergus & Bix (Restaurant), you are SERIOUSLY missing out! With two locations, one in West Springs and one in Marda Loop, it is totally worth your time. I ordered the Sirloin Salad which had, you guessed it, a big ol’ steak on top.It also included spring mixed greens, asparagus, baby kale (there ya go, I ate kale and enjoyed it), cherry tomatoes, portobello mushrooms, walnuts, blue cheese, and honey lime dressing. To. Die. For. Also good with Maple Cream Ale, just saying.

On a completely different note, if you are still in the Calgary area, I’m also recommending Alberta Ballet’s Giselle. I haven’t been to the ballet in yeeeears, and I understand it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. However the performance was beautiful- the dancers had such a sense of character as opposed to other shows I’ve seen (I think the last one must have been Alberta Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet). And holy crap, the shape they were in- we were sitting first balcony and you could see the muscle definition in their legs clear as day. The amount they were dancing on pointe too as well was just unbelievable.

It’s my last day in Calgary tomorrow! Spring break unfortunately does seem to have an end, and I’ll be back on a plane to Minneapolis Sunday morning :(

And no we did not name our puppy after Fergus and Bix. Or we might have, I don’t really know. I never asked.

Back At It {Food}

What a whirlwind (I wasn’t kidding when I said March Madness). I got back from Nationals two weeks ago, made it through midterms, and am home for spring break! I know I wasn’t blogging last week but I was still keeping up with my two favorite things- eating and working out! I’ve got two posts for you tonight, the first being a food update and the second being fitness! Here’s what I was fueling my body with during Midterm Week:

Like a lot of college girls out there, 90% of the time I am cooking for one! I love love love my veggies, but struggle with finishing produce on time before it goes bad and soggy. I think something about the nice warm spring days Iowa had got to my head, and I bought a massive container of spring mixed greens! It was huge. I made it my personal mission to finish it by weeks end, and I had to get creative let me tell ya. Also in the photo? Sweet potatoes. I have an obsessive love affair with sweet potatoes (if you follow me on Pinterest, you’ll definitely see signs of sweet potato madness!) I took FIVE of them and roasted them for the whole week to top my salads with.

Just a little olive oil and Greek seasoning does the trick! This means that the majority of my dinners last week looked like this-

Which, side note, was absolutely fantastic. I was making great headway on finishing my weekly greens. On days I felt I needed more protein I added both the greens and the sweet potatoes to an egg burrito!

Those other veggies on top were just from a little microwave steam container on sale for $1 at Hy-Vee; I grabbed quite a few for salad toppings, omelets, side dishes (and burrito fillings!) Outside of salads and fillings I managed to FINISH the greens stuffing them into smoothies every chance I got! I’m almost out of those pre-made smoothie baggies I made (which you can find here), so I’ll be looking for other things to try in my next batch of smoothie preparations! Speaking of smoothies, on a day I didn’t feel like berries I threw together something fast after a workout before studying-

Ice, vanilla protein powder, chia seeds, flax seeds, a banana, and skim milk made a sweet almost nutty-like flavor smoothie! I’ve been adding chia seeds and flax seeds to everything recently, and to be honest you can’t even taste them!

You are probably rolling your eyes at me right now. Oh sure, just another health/food blogger telling me “I won’t even taste it!” First kale, now weird seeds… BUT I PROMISE and to be fair I have never suggested anyone eat kale. I am tempted to try some in future smoothies, but I tried kale chips ones and I think they taste weird. I feel like I’m about to get shunned from the club of people that write about healthy living, but I did! They were weird and kind of just dissolved in your mouth like pop rocks. Or salt.

And my final food photo of the night is dedicated to eating the rainbow! I looove peppers (but not as much as I love sweet potatoes) and picked up this grab-and-go my last night in town before spring break. I wouldn’t normally buy pre-sliced produce as I have never minded much doing the prep work, but I was only in town for another few hours and knew I was going to eat them as soon as I walked in the door to finish off my humus too! It was a perfect procrastinating packing and studying snack- no clean up with a good dose of energy aka no sugar crash! Some people can’t STAND the taste of peppers (*cough cough David cough*) but hey, their loss! Means there are more for me (I just don’t cook with them much anymore).

That’s the eats update for now! I promise to keep things a little more up to date now that my schedule will be returning to (mostly) normal :)

I’m baaaaack!

Sorry the hiatus everyone! Nothing kills the blogging mood quite like a routine of study 24 hours, midterm, study 24 hours, midterm, study 24 hours…. you get it. I’m now posting from HOME in the beautiful city of Calgary, Alberta (but it snowed four inches this morning-wtf? Not cute Calgary). I’ve got an absolute ton to catch up on over spring break- blog posts to write, applications, emails, studying for one last midterm. It’s a relief more than anything to be home, nothing feels like work when it’s at our kitchen island and not my cramped desk I use for homework in my shoebox apartment! A quick recap of the weekend…

Instead of flying out of Cedar Rapids like I normally would, I road tripped to Minneapolis on Saturday in order to only have one flight! It’s the furthest I’ve taken my little car before, which was exciting because it’s got loads of road trips coming up this summer. The drive was quiet and uneventful, although I swear snow appeared again as soon as I crossed over into Minnesota.

It sure as hell ain’t a road trip without snacks- what better than a bottle of water, a banana, and a cookies and cream Quest bar! If you haven’t tried Quest bars, much like me two weeks ago, you’re missing out. They are seriously the most fantastic protein bars I’ve ever tasted, and they’re not packed with sugar or carbs to be delicious! I don’t know what it is. Magic.

And last but not least, I got to see Fergus when I got home! He’s HUGE compared to Christmas! I’m going through a cuteness overdose, and so are all my friends thanks to Snapchat.

He is such a screwball and I love him. It’s been a whirlwind couple days flying in, catching up with family, and even spending a night in the mountains already! I can’t wait to feel caught up again, spring break came at the perfect time :)