This phase of life is SO EXCITING! Friends are finishing up grad school and finally settling into their careers, having babies, buying houses, travelling lots and GETTING MARRIED!! On the weekend David and I received 2 phone calls from 2 very excited couples who had just become engaged! We couldn't be more excited to see our friends, Rebekah and Chris, and family, Lesley (David's sister) and Angelo, enter into this new phase of their relationships. Congrats guys! We can't wait to celebrate with you on your BIG DAY and cheer you on every day after that! xo
According to the always reliable internet (lol) Kombucha is the new SUPER food, or DRINK rather! Kombucha is an ancient fermented tea bevie that was once referred to as an "Immortal Health Elixir" by the Chinese. It boasts a long list of benefits including:
1. LIVER DETOX
2. ARTHRITIS PREVENTION
3. IMPROVED DIGESTION
4. BOOSTED IMMUNE SYSTEM
5. INCREASED ENERGY
I first tried Kombucha during a school lunch break with my friend/co-worker Jenna. We found a bottle in the grocery store and were SO excited and intrigued by the fact that it had LIVING SCOBI in it that we just HAAAAD to give it a try. I had a few sips and thought it was pretty good (or at least not as bad as I was expecting). I didn't feel any energy boost and was pretty sure that my 3 sips wouldn't have resulted in any improved digestion, liver detox or boosted immune system. Soooo....when I saw that Kombucha was on SALE at Sobeys this week, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try it again!
It took me 2.5 days to drink the bottle that I bought...mainly because the taste is pretty severe, but also because I'd start to think about the fact that there's living bacteria in the bottle, and I'd get grossed out and have to put it back into the fridge LOL. Even though I drank the bottle slowly....I DEFINITELY felt the DETOX this time. In a not so good way. ha. If you plan on drinking Kombucha for the FIRST time, drink SLOWLY and make sure you're never too far from a bathroom ;) !
Let me know what YOU think about KOMBUCHA when you try it!
This past weekend my mom, my sister (Madeline) and I participated in our FIRST (and maybe last LOL) TRIATHLON!
Here's the back story....
A few years ago for Christmas, I signed my family up to the do the 30km running race called "Around The Bay", in Hamilton. Since then, my family has started gifting each other challenges, and this triathlon was one of those "gifts"! Madeline signed my mom up for Mother's Day, and my mom signed me up for my birthday! Lucky us, eh?!
To prepare for the triathlon we ran, swam and biked.....but never on the same day (or at least not one right after the other). HA. That was probably our biggest mistake. That, and the fact that we didn't research what to WEAR when participating in a triathlon. (see below)
Now, you might not think that there's much of a difference, but TRUST us, there IS!
Most athletes exit the water RUNNING and hop RIGHT onto their bikes without changing (because their triathlon suits are supportive and padded). WE had to hold up towel tents for each other to change out of our bathing suits and into our sports bras and running/biking outfits! It was HILARIOUS...and SUPER time consuming!
When we eventually made it onto our bikes we were looking forward to the second part of the bike course which Madeline had told us was going to be flat! WELL....the flat part NEVER CAME! That 33km ride was the hardest and hilliest of my entire life! It did have some comical moments though. For example, at about 20km's into the ride, on a straight part of the course, we spotted a man leaning against a large motorcycle on the side of the road. I was scared because we were riding on deserted country roads, and we'd only seen race volunteers every 10-15km's. Madeline and my mom started to drift to the left in order to avoid hitting the man. Well, as we got closer he sort of walked towards us and YELLED at my mom and Madeline "YOU TWO ARE DISSSSQUALIFIIIEED!!!" Apparently my mom and Madeline had crossed the (unmarked) center line of the road. This was a COMPLETE joke because 1) that part of the course was totally straight and crossing the line would not have chopped off any distance and 2) There was no marked center line!! and 3) We were CLEARLY not COMPETING to WIN this triathlon (after the dressing fiasco and stopping for photos we were WELL BEHIND most other competitors LOL). It did provide some comedic relief though and in the end we all received medals :).
When we dismounted our bikes, we were POOPED! But we wasted no time and started the 7km run (read: WADDLE) portion of the race! ha ha ha. My legs have never felt more like jelly! Running felt SO unnatural for the first 2-3kms, but after that we started getting into the groove! When we saw the 1km to go mark, we were THRILLED and actually SHOCKED that we had been able to complete the triathlon!
While there are MANY things we'd do differently next time, I wouldn't have changed anything about our first triathlon experience! I'm so proud of us! And I'm SO thankful that I have these incredible women in my life who push me to do crazy things, and who make even the most painful experiences FUN!
WELL DONE GIRLS!! xo
Hi! I'm Mrs. Julia Dawe,