April 11, 2013
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life changes

While sitting here recovering from day 3 of my Insanity workout, I figure this is a great time to catch you all up on my life.

If you follow me on Twitter, you already know that at the end of February I up and quit my desk job. For the past 2.5 years I had been working in the Marketing department at a Credit Union and while I do have a strong passion for marketing and the company I worked for was great… financial services are a total snooze fest. When I entered the real world and landed that gig only two short months out of post-grad I told myself that that particular position would be a two year thing and then I would look to move up. During those two years however I started looking at the bigger picture – it’s going to be a damn long life if I had to sit at a desk for the rest of it. The reality is, I have always had a passion for beauty and working in that industry was a life long dream of mine but I always had it in my head that there was no money to be made. About a year ago I realized while tapping away on my computer one day that no matter how much money I was making, I would never be satisfied with my work life unless I followed heart so I headed back to school for Esthetics.

Fast-forward 8 months and I was finished school and ready to move on. Fortunately for me, I have an AMAZING cousin and friend who owns a highly successful Aveda Salon and Esthetics Studio and took me on right away. Enter Britt Darling, the Marketing Administrator by day and Esthetician by night weekend. As luck would have it, about three months later there was an opportunity for me to take on more hours at the spa so I jumped at the opportunity even though it meant quitting my 9-5 salary job with benefits and paid vacation.

Today, I bust my ass working 50+ hours a week between two jobs and doing freelance marketing work for two companies on the side. Yes I’m busy and no I don’t always get a day off in a week but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve come to realize that the harder you work, the more money you can make and in the end the more successful you will be… no matter what job you do.

passionPeople often ask me if I miss my old job and my answer is always no. Yep, I’m tired exhausted 99% of the time but I consider myself lucky. I’m doing a job I love and am working to be as successful as I can. At the age of 25 I finally feel like I’m where I should be.

With all this being said, you probably won’t be surprised when I tell you that I won’t get to this blog every day and sometimes I won’t even get to it every week. Just know that it is always in the forefront of my mind and I will post as often as I can on various topics. I’ll continue to post about my journey (and sometimes battle) with food, workouts, weddings, life and more.

xo Britt

April 8, 2013
by Britt
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Insanity Day 1 Fit Test Results

Long time no talk! There is so much I need to catch you all up on but that’s for another post. Today, my focus is on my Insanity Week 1 Fit Test results and my plan for the next 60 days.

With wedding season upon us and a few (too many) months of eating anything I want everything in sight, I needed to do something drastic to kick things back into gear. After humming and hawing over the idea for a few weeks, I finally decided that today would be the day to start  the 60 day Insanity series.

Bring it on Shaun T, you have nothing on me.

IMG_0793Haha, not!

Up until today, I actually thought I was in relatively decent shape. Was I ever wrong, wrong, double wrong!

Here are my week 1 Fit Test results (cue laughing)

Insanity-Fit-Test* my switch kicks results should be divided by 2 – I counted every kick, not every two.

Now, I think you’re also supposed to complete Day 1 after the Fit Test but it just wasn’t in the cards for me today. I thought I was going to DIE as it was. Seriously, I had to pause it because I thought I was going to lose my breakfast.

Day 1 will be tomorrow and I will post a little summary after each week has been completed.

January 13, 2013
by Britt
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good eats

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend… back to work tomorrow :P

Since I’ve been out of the loop that past couple of days, here is a small photo recap of some of the food I’ve been eating. Some healthy and some well… not so healthy. All in moderation though!

Breakfast

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IMG_0815The basis of my breakfast meals have been fruit and some sort of protein – greek yogurt or peanut butter. I’ve been obsessed with mango lately!

I used to be heavy on toast, english muffins and other various grains for breakfast however I have learned that this holds me over just the same.

Lunch

IMG_0813Enough said! I have been loving this salad lately, for both lunch and dinner. Spring mix, red bell pepper, cucumber, goats cheese and pine nuts topped with Newman’s Own Balsamic dressing. Deeeelish!

I met a friend for lunch on Thursday at a local burger place called The Works and had the best turkey burger I’ve ever had!

IMG_0828This restaurant has a menu FULL of gourmet burgers. Some of my favourite toppings (that I would never get) – Kraft Dinner and Peanut butter! Mine was a little less exciting labeled “Plain Jane” – ground turkey (fresh, no additives!), lettuce, dill pickle and ketchup on a whole wheat bun. I paired it with their Spring salad with balsamic dressing. So flavourful!

My water even came in a measuring cup – how unique!

IMG_0827Dinner

The theme for dinner this past week has been restaurant foods. I met with two girlfriends on Wednesday night at Kelseys. We each had a Caesar (yum!) and then shared their famous Spinach dip. We each had a few pieces and half was left on the table when we left.

IMG_0818For my meal I ordered the Flatbread Bruchetta and ate about a quarter of it. It was very good, but also VERY VERY salty!

IMG_0819Naturally, Sara and Ash wanted me to give them their blog debut so here it is -

Sarah ordered the buffalo chicken and sweet potato fries…

IMG_0820Ash had the Asian stir fry that I talked about in an earlier post.

IMG_0821We talked into the wee hours of the night evening and then went our separate ways. Sara is a bridesmaid in my wedding however I haven’t seen Ash since our days at Fanshawe College (about 3 years). While we keep in touch through Facebook, it was really good to catch up in person. :)

Most of you know that I work in a spa as an esthetician on Saturdays. I have learned the hard way that getting a lunch break, or any break for that matter can sometimes be a trick so I need to remember to sneak in food and water as much as I can throughout the day.

Yesterday I packed some snacks to have in between clients.

IMG_0834Truscuit’s, a couple of hard boiled eggs (I had already eaten one at the time of this photo), a Greek yogurt and some dried mango slices.

My sister was my last client of the day so after work her and I headed to Crabby Joes for some appetizers. What started as just nacho’s (without the ground beef) turned into nacho’s, mozza sticks and antojito’s. The antojito’s sucked (for a lack of better words) so we ate the rest. Not my finest moment, that’s for sure. I think it goes without saying this this was not clean, lean OR green.

IMG_0836My sister and I also had a impromptu girls night that consisted of YouTube videos, Just Dance on Wii and various other random things. We stayed up past midnight which is almost unheard of for me.

That’s it for today – I am going to get ready for the day and then Scott and I have a afternoon matinee date!

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