SoundPEATS Bluetooth Wireless Earphones

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Bluetooth wireless earphones are a GAME CHANGER.  If you enjoy listening to music or audiobooks while doing anything, you need to get yourself a pair.  No more having to carry your phone on you all the time because it’s attached to your earphones, and no more getting tangled in the cords while lifting weights or doing anything.

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These SoundPEATS earphones are the perfect way to have the luxury of wireless earphones without breaking the bank!  I love them, and it’s hard to believe they’re only $25.99 CDN on Amazon.

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Included is this nice carrying case to keep them safe, with enough room to fit the charging cord, the other earpieces that come with it, regular earphones as backup, etc.

The Breakdown:

Sound Quality – 9/10
I haven’t had any problems with the clarity or the volume, and many Amazon reviews state these are comparable to JayBirds!

Functionality – 8/10
Does all that I need it to do (play music, adjust volume) and does it well.  It does lack a mic, for those who want one to make calls from.

User-friendly – 10/10
I find it super easy to use and to connect to my phone.  When you power on/off and connect, a voice notifies you and a specific colour LED light flashes.

Design – 8/10
I wouldn’t mind if the earpiece was smaller and lighter, but they still stay in very well considering.  I love the green colour that I have, and that they have several different colour options.  I also like the flat cord look, makes it more durable too.

Value – 10/10
$24.99, guys.  How could you go wrong?

Overall, these earphones are amazing and I highly suggest you get a pair.  I’ve been buying them as birthday gifts for my friends and no complaints whatsoever.

So what are you waiting for?  Go to Amazon.ca now!🙂

xo,
Sheena

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Say Good-Bye to your Excuses!

Bear with me! It’s going to take me some time to get comfortable talking in front of the camera. Thank you for watching anyways and I hope you take something away from each of my YouTube videos!  Please be sure to subscribe🙂

Also, here’s the link to the SoundPEATS wireless bluetooth earbuds: http://amzn.to/2b6CltV

They’re amazing and you all need to get a pair! I will be posting a review here in the coming weeks, so stay tuned! (I’m not sponsored, I’m just incredibly impressed by the quality and price!)

xo,
Sheena

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Plan for Success

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Planning plays a huge role in reaching your health and fitness goals.  I notice a significant difference when I try to play by ear through the week.  I start feeling lazy and unmotivated, I end up spending more on dining out, I don’t eat as well and end up feeling guilty or sluggish, I skip my workouts, I lack energy, I get less things done in general…and it just spirals downhill.  But when I plan out my week and follow it for the most part (it’s okay if you don’t stick to your plan 100%), I am productive, I feel energetic, I feel healthier inside and look healthier outside, I make progress towards my fitness goals, I can inspire others…and it just gets better from there!  Planning helps you gain momentum towards positive changes in your life.

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Every week (I recommend Sundays), get into the habit of doing the following:

  • Meal Prep – Plan out your week’s meals/snacks on paper, and then prepare them for the week!  “Prepare” as in cook, divvy, and pack them up so they’re ready to go.  Keep it simple so that it’s less overwhelming, or change it up if you need variety – cater it in a way that is maintainable and enjoyable for you.  Also, if you take supplements, organize and schedule those as well so that you take them consistently.
  • Workouts – Schedule your workouts.  Decide what you will do each day – whether it’s train a certain muscle group each day, boot camp, spin class, yoga, kickboxing, etc.  Be specific and put it in your calendar to hold yourself accountable.
  • Goals/Focuses – Grab your planner or some post-its and write down affirmations, goals, focuses, inspiring quotes, and everything awesome that you want to attract into your life!  This not only motivates you and boosts your mood, it also sends a message to the Universe and makes sh*t happen.  Believe me, it works!

 

What are some strategies you use to stay organized and to help you reach your health and fitness goals?

xo,
Sheena

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Lila Summer Series (aka: free outdoor yoga!)

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For July & August, Lululemon is offering FREE OUTDOOR YOGA classes at the Westminster Pier!  The pier is absolutely stunning, a perfect place to get your zen on.

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I went with a couple girlfriends last week and we all loved it.  The class catered to all levels, the atmosphere was very happy and positive, and the weather was perfect.  If you haven’t already checked this event out, I highly recommend you do!  The classes are held every Wednesday evening at 6:00-7:30pm by the concession stand.  The instructors change each week and what I loved about last week’s is that she brought her yoga dog, a super adorable Yorkie!  All you need to bring is a yoga mat and some water.

Full details and instructor schedule: http://info.lululemon.com/stores/ca/burnaby/metrotown/events/lila-summer-series-

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Hope to see you there!

xo,
Sheena

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Kombucha Benefits

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Kombucha – you either hate it or you love it, or you grow to love it after reading up on its benefits!  I definitely did not enjoy Kombucha the first couple times I tried it, but then after learning about how many health benefits I could get from this one simple drink that comes in a million different variations and flavours, I was hooked!

Kombucha Benefits:

  • Detoxifies
  • Aids digestion
  • Improves gut health
  • Fights candida overgrowth
  • Enhances mental clarity
  • Improves mood
  • Boosts immunity
  • Liver support
  • Treats joint issues
  • Weight loss

Liver support was the main reason why I started drinking Kombucha.  My Naturopath tested my liver health and it wasn’t doing so well, so she suggested that I drink apple cider vinegar in water before every meal.  Unfortunately, to me, it tastes like a$$ so that wasn’t something I was able to maintain…to be honest, I couldn’t even bring myself to start it.  Then I came across this Organic Raw Kombucha “Gingerade” at Costco and bought a case!  It’s basically made up of apple cider vinegar and ginger – both of which are very healthy for you.  I don’t enjoy eating ginger, but I’ve come to enjoy drinking ginger juice when mixed into the right drinks.  It’s so good for you, and will help balance out the yin and the yang in your body.

Kombucha drinks sometimes come with chia seeds as well, which add a different texture (slimy but crunchy) and other benefits.  Chia seeds are a great source of protein, fibre and omegas!  Definitely worth trying, as strange as it may seem at first.

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Have you ever tried Kombucha?  If so, what are your favourite brands/flavours?

xo,
Sheena

 

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Sugar Substitutes – Worst to Best

If any of you have a subscription to Oprah’s O Magazine, you may have seen this article already.  I found it to be a great comparison between all the most commonly used sweeteners and sugar itself.

Dr. Oz says “My stance on sugar has always been the same: Eat less of it!  A 2014 study revealed that people who consumed 17-21% of their daily calories from added sugars had a 38% higher risk of dying from heart disease than those who kept added sugar consumption to around 8%.  But I get it – sometimes you just want something sweet.”

His take on the health pros and cons of the most common sugar substitutes is as follows:

(Keep in mind that sugar is 16 calories per teaspoon)

AGAVE
Agave has been hailed for being low on the glycemic index, which means it won’t cause the insulin spike and crash you’re likely to get when you consume refined white sugar.  But while that’s true, agave ca be up to 90% fructose, which has been lined to insulin resistance and higher bad cholesterol, so use it sparingly.
Calories per teaspoon: 21
Better or worse than table sugar?  Tie.  Like white sugar, agave may increase your risk for heart disease if you use a lot of it.

ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS
The good news: Sugar substitutes are thought to be safe alternatives to the real thing.  Over the years, animal studies have suggested links between artificial sweeteners like aspartame, sucralose, and saccharin and some cancers, but studies in humans haven’t replicated the same associations.  The bad news: These substances may not help you drop ponds.  In fact, one study found significant links between artificial sweetener consumption and weight gain.
Calories per teaspoon: 0
Better or worse than table sugar?  Tie.  Neither option yields health benefits, so keep consumption of artificial sweeteners to a minimum and sugar to less than 10% of daily calories.

HONEY
Whereas white sugar contains barely any nutrients, honey is a source of minerals, including potassium and calcium, and B vitamins, which help your body process energy from food.  Another perk: Research has shown that raw honey containers antioxidants and may help lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol, potentially decreasing overall risk of cardiovascular disease.
Calories per teaspoon: 21
Better or worse than table sugar? Better.  But opt for raw varieties.  Processed honey may lose some of its nutrients during manufacturing.

STEVIA
Sourced from the stevia plant, this sugar substitute is the best zero-calorie sweetener that’s not artificial.  It’s also about 200 times sweeter than sugar, so you can get by with less.  Bonus: Stevioside, the sweet compound in a stevia leaf, may help lower overall blood pressure; a two-year study in the journal Clinical Therapy found that stevioside significantly decreased blood pressure among subjects with mild hypertension.
Calories per teaspoon: 0
Better or worse than table sugar?  Definitely better.  Unlike sugar, stevia may come with real health benefits.

Although Stevia is the most healthy, it’s not the best tasting… so all in all, I’d say raw honey is the winner here…for the yummy factor and health benefits!  Hope this post was of some interest to you and that you learned something new🙂

xo,
Sheena

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Cherry Berry Self-Serve Yogurt Bar

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A new froyo place opened up in Coquitlam recently, so naturally, I had to try it out.  For your guys’ sake…you know, quality assurance.

What did I think of it?  First impression – I thought it was a very cute shop.  Bright colours, happy music, friendly service, and lots of seating.  They had several flavours of frozen yogurt and I appreciated how they were all categorized.  I headed straight to the dairy-free sorbet and picked out raspberry sorbet and peach sorbet.  Deliciously refreshing!

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After selecting my sorbet, I moved on to the toppings.  You might find this weird but I am totally down for sweet, chocolatey and even peanut buttery toppings on fruity sorbet.  I’ve just come to see it as the norm when I get froyo, even though I don’t normally like to mix fruits and chocolate.  This is just different.  The toppings I used were skor, rice crispies, peanut butter M&M’s, mini Reece’s, mochi, lychee poppers, and a mini rice crispy square (and I was impressed that it was soft and chewy!).

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Just look at that deliciousness!

Needless to say, I was quite pleased with the variety of their frozen yogurts/sorbets and their toppings.  I was comparing it to Qoola and Menchie’s, and I’d say they are worthy competitors!  It’s a great place for sit-down froyo with family and friends, as there is lots of seating…including kid-friendly seating which I’ve demonstrated here! lol Oh yeah, and they’re open until 10:00pm…that’s late for Coquitlam😉

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Right now, they’re giving out coupons for your next visit.  Should definitely check them out soon; you won’t regret it!

Enjoy!

xo,
Sheena

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Bodyweight Workout

Try this full body workout routine. No equipment required, and no excuses accepted (except maybe injuries)!

Don’t have time? It’ll only take you half an hour.
Don’t have space? If you can plank anywhere on your floor, you have enough space.
Don’t have equipment? Again, no equipment required!🙂

FULL BODY CIRCUIT:

Push Ups x max reps
Supermans x 10 reps
Diamond Push Ups x max reps
Walkouts x 10 reps
Squat Jacks x 20 reps
Single Leg deadlifts x 10 per side
Curtsy Lunges w/ bounce x 10 per side
Plank x 60 secs

Repeat 3x
Take a 30 sec break between each circuit

The above exercises can be made easier or harder. Push ups on knees, lift a leg, go deeper, etc. Be sure to push yourself!

You should be dripping sweat by the end of it and your muscles will be shaking. Give it a try and let me know how it goes!

xo,
Sheena

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Teppan Kitchen

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Teppan Kitchen opened in Harbour Centre a few months ago and I regret not going sooner.  All those meals where I could have been devouring curry beef brisket, grilled pepper steak, and hainanese chicken…sigh.  You can probably see where this review is going but let me elaborate.

I’ve been to their Aberdeen location in Richmond before and loved that my meal was served on a skillet – adds to the experience and keeps the food hot and fresh.  The thing that’s unique about their Harbour Centre location in Downtown though, is that they also serve Hainanese Chicken!  And the thing that’s special about their Hainanese Chicken is that it’s BONELESS!  That was a huge selling point to me because I don’t enjoy the hassle of having to eat around the bone, plus I tend to waste a lot of meet when it’s bone-in.

Let’s do a breakdown of my meal…

20160616_162131.jpgLemon Iced Tea – Quite possibly the best I’ve had.  Whenever I get them in restaurants, I usually have to ask for the sweetener on the side because they always way add to much.  I believe Teppan’s is pre-made by the pitcher, and they use just the right amount of sweetener.

Hainanese Chicken – Again, BONELESS.  Extremely tender and not dry at all.  Flavour was perfect too – not too bland, not too strong.  I also usually eat my chicken skinless to avoid fat, so I was pleased that it was easy to take off and that there wasn’t much underlying fat.  I thoroughly enjoyed the chicken!

Chicken Rice – I love chicken rice flavouring and sometimes work it into my meal prep when I want to change it up.  The flavour was good and the portion was generous (I only ate about half), but it was a tad on the dry side.

Cucumbers – These were more so a garnish but I wish the dish came with more…because veggies are good for you, and these cucumbers were so refreshing!  Lucky for me, I went with a friend who despises cucumbers so I was able to have his (Thanks, Jay!).

Service – All the dishes are made to order so they come out fresh!  At lunch peak times, there will be a wait, but there’s an ample amount of staff to keep it moving as efficiently as possible.  Also, I believe they’re open until 6:00pm so that’s enough time to pick it up after work and bring it home for dinner, which is exactly what I plan to do one day because my Grandma LOVES Hainanese Chicken.

Here’s a closer look at the deliciousness that is the “Hainanese Chicken with Chicken Rice”.

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Overall, I enjoyed the Teppan Kitchen’s Hainanese Chicken and will 100% be back again.  Perhaps I could sub half rice for more cucumbers?

If you work in the Downtown area, you need to make your way down to Harbour Centre’s food court to give this place a try.  You won’t regret it!

xo,
Sheena

 

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“Unbecoming everything that isn’t really you”

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My fitness journey has been SO much more than just getting leaner, stronger, and healthier! It has also been about my personal growth. Proving to myself that I am capable of being greater than yesterday, building my self confidence which I’ve really struggled with, increasing my productivity in all aspects of my life, and inspiring others to live their best life by learning to be my best self.

My gf Ann recently shared this quote – “Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you. So you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.”

This resonated with me because I’ve always compared myself and critiqued myself harshly, always wanting to be something else and to have traits that aren’t naturally me. I’ve only recently started practising self love and self acceptance, and honestly, it has helped in the health and fitness department a lot. I now know that I’m WORTHY of taking care of myself and having my dream body, and that I DESERVE to feel beautiful and live a happy life.

There’s still a long road ahead but man, does it ever feel good UNbecoming everything that isn’t really me!

xo,
Sheena

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