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Project Comeback | Foods to AVOID + Foods to Add

Welcome to my Project Comeback series! Today we’re taking about foods to avoid and foods to add to your daily life while you’re trying to achieve your healthy living goals. If you’ve missed out, you can check out these previous posts: Project Comeback | A Week of Workouts, Project Comeback | What I Eat in a Day, and Project Comeback | Activewear Loves

Since I started my healthy living journey nearly a decade ago, I’ve tried many different ways of eating. I’ve succumbed to trends. I’ve tried new foods. I’ve cut out other foods. But most of all, I’ve tried to keep an open mind. What works for one person may not work for another, and what works for you one year, may not work for you the next. Now after that little introduction, I wanted to give you a quick and dirty break down of foods to add to your diet, and foods to AVOID.

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Foods to GIVE UP:

  • Fried foods – Fairly self-explanatory 🙂 
  • Heavily processed foods – Simply put… Does it come in a package? Try to cut it out. Long list of ingredients? Try to cut it out.
  • Foods/food-like substances with no nutritional value – Packaged sauces, dressings, and condiments, pre-made meals, snack foods, fruit juices etc.
  • High sugar foods – Cut out the candy, baked goods, and definitely cut out the sodas
  • Refined carbs – Pasta, white bread, packaged pastry products… You know they’re terrible for you, time to ditch them

Foods to Add:

  • Whole foods – ALL the fruits & veggies
  • Whole grains – Don’t worry, you can still have pasta. Just swap your refined white flour pasta for quinoa, chickpea, brown rice, or lentil.
  • Water – Start increasing your water intake each day
  • Spices – Worried that you won’t enjoy your food once you give up sugary, high-fat dressings and sauces? Try adding fresh herbs and dried spices
  • Healthy fats – Swap processed, pre-made foods that are high in saturated and trans fats, for healthy fats like avocado, eggs, nuts, seeds, and beans
  • Green tea – High in antioxidants and great for weight loss, including green tea in your day is a win-win

I’ll be back for another installation of Project Comeback so stay tuned!

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Project Comeback | What I Eat in a Day

Building off the first Project Comeback post, I’m back today to share a peek into my daily eating habits while I’m working on tightening things up pre-birthday. 🙂 Welcome to the latest What I Eat in a Day post!

I’m usually happy eating the same thing every day. I like to do food prep on Sundays to get ready for the week, and have my meals planned out ahead of time. Here’s an example of a typical week for me when I’m trying to eat clean and stay on track.

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5am – Full water bottle

6am – Lemon water + Irish breakfast tea

7am – Collagen + iron supplement + detox shot or supplements (I alternate days on my morning detox shot and taking calcium + Vitamin B supplements)

9am – Breakfast! I’ve been LOVING baked oatmeal and have been playing around with recipes. Chia seeds, protein powder, ground hemp seeds… It’s a great way to introduce lots of nutrients first thing. On days when I’ll have a carb-heavy dinner I’ll have half a baked oatmeal serving plus a smoothie.

12pm – My go-to lunch lately has been a giant salad beast. I really enjoy loading up on hydrating veggies like cucumber, cabbage, and celery. My current salad dressing obsession is spicy carrot ginger, so stay tuned for a recipe!

2:30pm – An afternoon snack doubles as a pre-workout boost so I like to have a good combination of healthy fats and carbs. Coconut yogurt with almond butter or a smoothie are my favorite midday boosts.

5pm-6pm – When I’m walking home from my after work gym session I’ll usually munch on a bar. It’s an easy way to refuel on the move, just make sure that you find bars that aren’t super high in sugar. I have been obsessed with No Cow bars for YEARS and highly recommend them.

6:30pm – We like to eat on the early side which is great for me, since I don’t sleep well with a full stomach. Since I’ve been enjoying giant salads at lunchtime lately, I’ve steered clear of them for dinner. Roasted veggies or a stir fry with a plant-based burger is the usual right now.

What’s on YOUR plate right now?

Stay tuned for more Project Comeback posts on workouts, gym gear, and more!

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Project Comeback | A Week of Workouts

There’s something about birthdays…

I love birthdays. I love celebrating other people’s birthdays and, after the occasional short-lived panic attack, I love celebrating my birthday too. But, despite my love of birthdays, the anticipation of one arriving can sometimes send me into a bit of a frenzy. I always want to feel, and look, my absolute best on each birthday. So at the end of Summer or the very beginning of Fall I’ll inevitably have a moment of “Oh wow – My birthday is in ___ weeks. Time to get serious.” And I’ll proceed to order all the anti-aging products at Sephora and start working out like a crazy person.

This Summer was especially fun and, if I’m honest, indulgent, so this year’s birthday pandemonium has had a touch more hysteria than normal. Enter – Project Comeback.

I adore having goals and something to reach for. I thrive when I’m pushing myself and trying to achieve something tangible. What I’m trying to say here, is that I’m hyper-competitive. And I’m definitely my favorite opponent. So, with almost 6 weeks to countdown, I’m happily chugging along towards my goals. While diet is a huge factor in a healthy lifestyle and in losing weight, I’m going to focus on the fitness aspect first.

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So, without further ado, here’s a week of workouts in Project Comeback:




  • 11am: Stretching + 20 minute bodyweight circuit
  • 5pm: 30 minutes of cardio + sauna



  • 11am: Stretching + 20 minute core workout



Tell me the truth – How do YOU deal with birthdays?

Note: This isn’t a guide for anyone else, nor am I telling you how you should workout. Everyone responds to different types of workouts and intensity, and if you’re unsure how to get started on your fitness journey, I recommend talking to a trainer or consulting your doctor first to ensure you’re healthy enough to begin working out regularly. 

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2018 Challenges | Project Comeback with Sarah’s Day Sweat It to Shred It Review

My first workout challenge for my year of challenges, was to undertake a personal Project Comeback with the Sweat It to Shred It e-book from YouTuber Sarah’s Day.

I’m a huge fan of her channel and have loved all the workouts she’s posted there, so this seemed like a natural fit for me. Truth be told, I love bodyweight workouts that mix things up and enjoy tabata, so I was psyched to give her e-book a try.

Read on to see how my very own personal Project Comeback went.


I was feeling a bit sluggish after thoroughly enjoying the holidays and taking some much-needed rest days to help my body heal after all of the traveling. So January seemed like the opportune time to take on a new challenge in the gym to mix things up and get myself back into a healthy, happy space.

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8-Week Active Lifestyle Challenge:

Week 1: This program is all about building on itself. You start out with a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday workout, plus an optional weekend session. No gym needed. No equipment needed. A great start.

Week 2: You may start out underestimating this program. The workouts seem pretty simple and they don’t take ages, but MAN, it’s an effective workout. 20-25 minutes of HIIT is no joke!

Week 3: This week you’re still doing 3 days a week plus an active day on the weekend. But the workouts start to amp up and you’re doing more complex moves and you feel the intensity.

I’m generally used to working out 6 days a week, so I’ve been supplementing the Sweat it to Shred it workouts with long walks, cardio sessions, and the occasional Barry’s Bootcamp class.

Week 4: This week we add in a Tuesday workout, so 4 full days of training, plus stretching and rolling time over the weekend. The “forced” recovery time was much appreciated by this time. And spending some time focused just on that helped me really loosen up.

Week 5: Halfway through Week 5 I got called into jury duty and ended up on a two-week trial. This is where the versatility of this program became very evident. I was able to keep up with the workouts by doing them at home after court.

No equipment, no problem!

Week 6: This week I continued to do the workouts either at home in my apartment after a day at court, or during my lunch break. I got a few day passes at a the Life Fit Gym near Civic Center and would pop over during lunch, knock out the workout, and then head back to court.

This week had workouts scheduled daily Monday through Friday, so when I missed one day due to working through lunch, I was able to make it up on Sunday. 🙂

Week 7: Similar schedule to week six, but with a challenge day on Tuesday – i.e. choose your own workout. I’m still finding the workouts challenging, I’m sweaty and sore, but some of the moves appear multiple times a week. Not necessarily a bad thing, if something works that’s great, but each workout isn’t 100% new at this point.

Week 8: By the final week you’re really seeing how the program builds on itself. The workouts are still challenging, but you feel strong and capable while you’re sweating your way through them. I’m still surprised, after 8 weeks, how much a 20 minute bodyweight workout and make me sweat. And how sore I get!

After: I’m feeling really strong after getting through this program. I definitely missed some workouts here and there, or doubled up after missing a day, but it doesn’t feel like I lost anything. I feel lean and definitely have some new definition in my abs and arms.

Thoughts: I really enjoyed this program. I like the style of workouts and how she mixed up different formats so you didn’t do the same thing every day and get bored. I stayed engaged and challenged the whole time. And, very exciting news, apparently Miss Sarah is planning a new version of her program!! So stay tuned for Sweaty Shredder – Reloaded.

Yes, it sounds like an action movie sequel, and I’m loving that!

Have YOU tried a comeback challenge?

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