A Day in #MyLife

So thanks to Carmy I am sharing a picture diary of A day in the life of me, my Mama Journey.

Join me while I share the exciting world (opps, day) of a working full-time mama who tries to balance it all while maintaining a smile on her face!

My plan is always to wake up earlier than 5:20am, but it’s rare unless I am meeting a friend for a morning run! So don’t let the picture fool you, I often press snooze
1-2, okay 3 times.

I get dressed (I usually shower the night before) and prep my running bag before waking up my two year old.


I run to work 4 times a week, but aim for 5 times on the nicer, warmer days! Sometimes I can’t escape my office at lunch so running to/from work is what clears my mind.



My new kicks! For my upcoming half marathon! Love Mizuno (wear them everyday)

When my daughter wakes up, we usually play for a few minutes before breakfast (it is always FRESH oatmeal with blueberries, her favourite breakfast!).


If we wake up on time, we sometimes spend time colouring while she eats breakfast and I sip my espresso!


Once I get to work, I grab a coffee (yes, my second cup of the day from Starbucks or local coffee shop Bridgehead, check emails, read the news and plug away on my assignments.


Yummy Dark Roast Coffee!

Fast forward to lunch —- on Tuesday and Thursday I try to either get out for a lunch time bootcamp or go for a 5km run along the Gatineau River with some colleagues of mine. We all share a passion for running and it really does help with creating a stronger team morale. On the other days, I am either working on my group fitness instructor certification or at the YMCA doing a group fitness class.

Of course, my husband and I try to always pack our lunch the night before so it’s easy to eat at our desk and easy to grab in the morning (not shown, my daily smoothie!).

My afternoon at work is much like the morning, give or take a few requests that may come my way. Although I do always take the afternoon as an opportunity to snack!


My favourite part of the day is when I get changed back into my running clothes (yes, I am one of those people who are always wearing running shoes now!) and pick up this sweetie pie! She keeps us busy. Unfortunately today it was rainy so no park time. Usually, after school pick up we go to the park for close to 1 hour just before dinner.


My husband usually prepares our dinner (in the summer BBQ- almost 30 and no IDEA how to turn on a BBQ) while I spend time with my daughter (she is a mama’s girl).


Mama and Daughter Time!

From the time I pick her up until bed time I really try to disconnect. She prefers this! She usually insist that I put my phone away and I try to respect that when I can.


Once the bedtime routine is finished, my husband and I usually spend that time cleaning up or eating dinner. (YES! I know it is late, 8:00pm but sometimes it is unavoidable).

Sometimes, we will also do a bit of gardening. It can be tough to manage it all in such a short period of time in the evening. We will also prepare the food for the next nights dinner. As I have said in the past, marinated meat is a MUST for my husband, which means being organized is a must in this household (while as organized as a small family of three, who live a VERY busy life can be).










The last piece of our day… a LARGE cup of tea. Yes, the night just isn’t the same without a warm comforting cup of tea before bed. It really sets the tone for our relaxing evening.


Oh yah, and then there is the laundry… the bottomless laundry basket.

Can anyone else relate?


That’s it! A day in the life of me.

I know you can’t wait to find out how my fellow CAnadian sweatpink’ers spend their days!

Check out their lives below, you won’t be disappointed!


Susan @  http://dothingsalways.blogspot.ca





#YMCAOttawa Connexion: Fitness Professional Workshop

So the adventures of becoming a group fitness instructor continues…

Today was one of those days, awesome, filled with adventure and challenges!

The day started early (yes, this isn’t unusual in our household), but I was up early for a different reason today. I attended the YMCA’s annual Fitness Connexion.

What an inspiring morning!

I got to hang out with some of the finest fitness professionals, who are all on a mission to share their healthier lifestyles and to teach others how to be able to become strong, fit and healthy. Such an empowering time!

wpid-dsc_0483.jpgMy day looked a little something like this:

  • Registered at 8:30am at the Ottawa Convention Centre
  • 9:15-11:00 – Workshop on How to work out with a step!
  • 11:15-12:30 – Workshop on Learning more about body composition as you age
  • 12:30-1:30 – Veggie Lunch and Exploring of the Fitness Expo
  • One of the best parts of the day included running into some of the individuals who taught my the in class theory parts of the program.  


  • I will never be a Step class instructor (thank goodness I am all about strength and resistance!)
  • The above point leads me to my second, I am not as “coordinated” as I originally thought I was.
  • I am IN LOVE with squats and lunges, these exercises make me feel A-Mazing.
  • I can be shy, especially in situations where I am outside of my comfort zone and in a field that is unique to my entire professional and personal background.
  • I love the energy and support like-minded fitness professionals provide each other
  • I might be become a fitness professional because I love LOVE love work out clothes (and how empowered and strong I feel! I know I know, sounds vain!)

On a bit of a tangent … 

Of course I had to shop along the way for my upcoming business meeting! (Totally off topic, but I am loving the dress selection at Victoire on Dalhousie!) Follow my instagram @mymamajourney for some fabulous pictures of my finds this week.