Category: life

April 14, 2017 | life

On Grieving

It’s coming up to six months since my pup, Stringer Bell, passed away. To know me is to know how utterly besotted I was with that little nutcase. The three months between his lymphoma diagnosis to his passing were three of the hardest I’ve had, but the levels of the grief I’ve felt since his...

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March 5, 2017 | life

Oh Blogging, Where Art Thou?

November will mark the 10th anniversary of this blog. Ten frikkin’ years. What a ride. When I started Bangs & a Bun, in a freezing cold bedroom in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, no way could I have dreamed up where it has taken me. Back in ’07, blogging was yet to really become a thing....

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March 1, 2017 | life

I Fell Out of Love With Running & It Feels Great

I had a steady five year long love affair with running. Well, it wasn’t all love, if I’m being all the way honest. It started with a pretty intense hatred, downgraded to mild annoyance and after an epiphany or two, got elevated to euphoria and general runner-love smugness. I ran most mornings at 5am, did...

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January 22, 2017 | life

How to Be Happy

Last week was Blue Monday, supposedly the most depressing day of the year, so I was invited to speak on a panel about happiness put together by ELLE Magazine. In the social media age, we all curate our timelines to show the very best of our lives. We have excellently composed highlight reels, editing out...

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November 12, 2016 | life

Stringer Bell. April 16th 2013 – October 31st 2016

Two weeks ago, I said goodbye to my beloved pup, Stringer Bell. Back in July, he was diagnosed with advanced lymphoma and given two months to live. I knew the moment was coming, but even if they’d given him 10 years, I don’t think I’d have been ready to say goodbye. To say I adored...

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October 23, 2016 | life

A Letter To the Fitness Industry

Back in ’09, I took my first steps into leaving my couch potato life behind. I boxed, then I started running. I felt amazing, I tweeted about it and shouted it from the rooftops. This was pre-Instagram, pre-hashtag-fit-fam etc. There were no daily pictures with captions detailing my start weight and goal weight (mainly ’cause...

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October 12, 2016 | life

From Noga to Yoga

For someone who loves to move as much as I do, who spends as much time exercising, who could make a bed out of the mounds of Lycra I own, you’d think yoga would be one of those things I do regularly. But alas, no. I’ve done yoga probably a total of about four times...

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September 27, 2016 | life

Stringer Bell: Super Pup

If you’d have told me three years ago that this little ball of fur would completely change my world, I’d have scoffed it off. But that’s exactly what happened. Stringer Bell just has this way of lifting your spirits. A couple of months ago, he was diagnosed with advanced Lymphoma and given two months to...

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September 14, 2016 | life

Sometimes it Takes a While

Back in early August, the September issue of ELLE magazine hit the news stands. This was the first issue with my new monthly column as ELLE’s Fitness Editor in it. I posted the above pic on my Instagram, noting that I was the teenager who stock piled ELLE magazine and dreamed of working for them...

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July 17, 2016 | life

I’m Not Pretty & I’m Fine With That

This week, I was a speaker at an event for ELLE Magazine and Matches Fashion. I had that nervous excitement going on all day. After finishing my talk in the evening, I chatted with attendees who all shared how much they’d enjoyed my story, I listened to theirs and was riding high off the energy...

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