7 Quickies: Whole30, Lent and Shoes! Oh my.

Does anyone else feel like Lent snuck up super friggen fast this year?! I’ve been a spectacularly crappy Catholic of late, so I’m thrilled it is Lent so to begin a journey to get my soul in order.  So I went to Confession today to start things off right, and now, I can focus on growing in spirituality.



My prayer life has been severely lacking of late. I skim through the Blessed is She devotions, but I don’t read the bible verses just the reflection, and that is about it. I was really good about nightly prayers throughout January but the last week and a bit I’ve not been doing as good.

So, for Lent:

  • I ordered the Blessed is She Journal for Lent. I’m just waiting for it to show up! I’m so excited to work through it and I often journal when I pray in the evenings anyway so, match made in Heaven. Hopefully. (Also, I’m thankful I ordered it as soon as I heard about it because they sold out. They still have a digital one though!
  •  For the mornings, I really want to get into the habit of praying through the Lorica of St. Patrick as well as just a general morning prayer. I fail at praying in the morning.
  • Daily Mass! The Church near my work offers daily Mass on Thursdays and Fridays conveniently at lunch time. I plan to adjust my lunch hour to make it possible to go to Mass on those days.




Ah Lent, the time where people suddenly decide to give things up. And occasionally partake on Sundays. Or not. Whatever floats your fancy. (As an aside, I really liked what Mr. Bearman Stewart wrote on that topic the other day).

I’m giving up Netflix (and streaming) for the entirety of Lent. Even on Sundays. Anyone who knows me, knows this is kind of a big deal. I have Netflix on ALL the time. But, as of Wednesday, deactivated. Until Easter. It will suuuuuck, but I think it’s important. And I’ll probably be able to polish off one or two more books. 



Oh boy. I have decided to complete a Whole30 (Whole47?) for Lent. No Sundays off (not allowed) and no breaks until Easter (or Holy Week, I’ll be travelling home for Easter and I am truly terrible at eating healthy while flying/travelling).  I even joined up with Kelly as part of her Lenten Whole30. 

Between this and giving up Netflix, I may be thoroughly miserable for the first week until I figure out a new normal.




Phew, no more Lent talk. I FINALLY got new gym shoes. I was doing so well at the whole gym thing and then, my old shoes started to show their wear. It was hurting more to run with them than without them. So I stopped running (just as I was starting to find my groove again) and I strictly did my bootcamp classes at least once a week but I did them in sock feet. Super good for my feet I’m sure.

But I got new babies to wear out, so excited to get back at the whole runnin’ thing.



I re-read Pope Awesome by the always entertaining Cari Donaldson. I even convinced my Books and Breakfast group to read it. Although, I’m thinking most of us just show up for the mimosas because only a 1/4 of us ever actually finish the books we choose.

I have to say though, re-reading the book gave me an opportunity to highlight some of the things I like (and notice that Kindle tracks how many people also track the same passages you do. And then tells you. Which is….weird).


I love this quote, because when you honestly and openly start searching through the Church’s teachings they are beautiful and some of it is really hard to grasp but it’s all so good.



Some links I loved this week:

On the importance of Sacristans. 

Oh my gosh. Jenny knocked it out of the park with her post “Such a Time as This“. Home freakin’ run. So good. I just, I love it.

On why the Church needs a leader and the problems with Sola Scriptura.

On Celibacy and Valentine’s Day


Links unrelated to Catholicism:

Snape is my favourite character (aside from Hermione) from Harry Potter and this video. The feelings!

On why pro-lifers need to focus more on being pro-life and not just anti-abortion & euthanasia. Building a culture of life is more than just legislation.



I love this. I like Mean Girls and art and I found this so entertaining.




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7 Quick Takes Saturday: Fall edition!


— 1 —

So, the New Brunswick election happened on Monday and, although the results are still being contested, the Liberals won. Which means unfettered abortion access that my tax money will be paying for. I’m not impressed, discouraged and more than a little annoyed. But the fight continues with a whole lot more obstacles.

My friend tagged me in this photo after my irritation about the election became extremely apparent.

My friend tagged me in this photo after my irritation about the election became extremely apparent.

— 2 —

I got some new cookbooks! Super exciting. One of these days I’ll write my full food manifesto (ha!) but for right now, I’m going to be tabbing up my new books to mark off all the of recipes I can eat (the ones that don’t include fish (ew) or nightshade vegetables). Nightshade veg and I do not agree, at all. For a really long time I just thought I had an issue with tomatoes, but once I started removing all of the the other nightshades I started feeling SO much better.

My slow cooker shall become my best friend!

My slow cooker shall become my best friend!

— 3 —

It is glorious in New Brunswick right now. Sunny and warm and feeling more like late August/early September than September actually did. So I’ve been taking advantage. Last week I went on a 7km walk and today, 9km! 9! I was barely walking by the time I got home (I think I need new shoes) and my back was SO sore, but, now I’ve stretched and am drinking the most delicious smoothie.


1/4 cup of water 1/2 a banana 1/4 of an avocado (frozen) handful of frozen berries 1 cup of Silk dark chocolate almond milk

1/4 cup of water
1/2 a banana
1/4 of an avocado (frozen)
handful of frozen berries
1 cup of Silk dark chocolate almond milk

And yes, I have Wizard of Oz cups. I’m a total WoO fangirl.

— 4 —

Tomorrow will be a youth group gathering and prayers would be greatly appreciated. The frustrations and difficulties that I’ve been dealing with are seriously making me think that my time would be better spent working on other things. It’s hard when the other youth group leaders are constantly try to make the Church “hip” and “relevant” by watering it down and trying to be cool instead of just teaching the glory and beauty of the Catholic Church.

They also have a really strong love for Development and Peace and the UN and neither entities are things that I can look upon favourable as a Catholic (the promotion of abortion and birth control overseas is not something worth supporting)


My bootcamp is still going well. The workouts never seem hard and when I’m doing them I’m always feeling like it’s not doing anything, but then the next day…ouch. I’ve not weighed myself this week (Sunday mornings are my weighin’ days) but after the first week I had gained 2 pounds. I call it muscle. We will see if there is any change tomorrow.

I did have to tighten my bra this morning, so, that’s something.


Some more photos from my walk! There is something so ridiculously magical about walking on a dirt path surrounded by tree. The beauty and the glory just surrounds. God is so good.



Does anyone else’s iTunes every shuffle from Audrey Assad to Eminem? Because mine just did and I thought the transition was hilarious. So, in my 7 (never on Friday) Quick takes tradition, here’s a song for you:

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And now for something completely different….Boot Camp Week One

I’m going to try blogging more. I know when The Dweej hit a blogging slump 7 in 7 broke her out of it. I don’t plan/want/have fodder for 7 posts in 7 days (I don’t think?), but I’m going to try for like 4 or 5.

Any way, I started a gym bootcamp this week. It’s called Downsize Fitness and it is specifically designed for people with 50+ pounds they need to lose. I have like 80 to lose to get to my “healthy weight range” but I also know that health is so so so much bigger than a number on a scale. Although, the number helps.

I signed up for this bootcamp for a few reasons.

First, back in 2013 I got down to my lowest weight ever. I was in the 180s, and I felt great and my clothes fit and shopping was fun. Then I started to get super busy and my planning skills are not great so eventually the weight started creeping back on. Then I could never find a rhythm again, I had to much going on finding time to work out was…not impossible, but not easy.

Second, my motivation level on my own is zero. I need accountability and I had no gym buddy. So that is a problem. I tried the apps, setting reminders on my phone, the DVDs, the 15 minute blasts and I couldn’t stick with anything

Third, I like working out with people. I like competition and I like to feel pushed. Working out on your own doesn’t give me that same edge.

So far,  I’m really liking the bootcamp. There are only 4 other people and I’m the youngest (though not by much) and the thinnest, so I sometimes feel that the trainer might have higher expectations of me. I have met with her one on one and she gave me some strength training exercises that I can do outside of the bootcamp times. Which is great. I’m not much for strength training. So I love having someone guiding me through it.

The bootcamp is on Tuesdays and Thursdays for an hour, which means that for the next 4 months I’ll be late to my Catholic adults group, but ultimately, worth it.

The downside, is that because it is only 2 times a week that gives me a lot of time to screw it up, working out intensively for 2 hours a week and then doing nothing for the other 5 days? Not super effective.

So on that note, I’ll be incorporating some other gym time based on the exercises that the trainer gave me and I’ll be trying to hit 10,000 steps a day at least 3 times a week. Apparently that’s good for you, probably cause it forces you to move about. So far, 10,000 steps has amount to ~7.5km a day.

I’m super excited for this next adventure and will keep you all updated.

God bless,