{Friday Favourites} The best reads in food, fitness and self-love from around the web this week

Life In LeggingsHappy Friday, friends! How was your week?

I’ve loved reading all my fellow Sweat Pink Ambassadors’ BlogFest recaps and top 10 takeaway posts this week… it was almost like I was there! Well, minus the whole getting to hang out with all my favourite fitness and health bloggers IRL part, which made me sad πŸ™ I’ll get there next year for sure.

Last weekend I managed a 3 hour / 21 km run on the trails solo in 28 degree heat. Since I don’t feel comfortable running in the wilderness without a big dog or human to keep me company — especially with all the cougar sightings recently — I opted for four loops of a local trail in Mt. Doug Park. I also took my new Saucony Peregrine trail runners out for a spin.

I’ve been wearing Saucony Trail Kinvaras for the last three years and have loved them. When I went to get another pair, the running shoe store didn’t have any (gasp!) so I tried on a few other shoes, including Brooks PureGrit and the Peregrines. The Brooks shoes were a little too soft for my liking, but the Peregrines felt similar to the Kinvaras with just a touch more support and elevation in the heel.

On the blog today: What to look for when shopping for a pair of trail runners -> runliftyoga.com A photo posted by Bri (@runliftyogi) on

This week, Debbie, Dave and I are heading out to Sooke to run up Mt. Quimper then continuing on to Shields Lake. The last time I hiked there I remember it being a total slog — a very gradual incline for about two hours over big loose rocks and gravel. We figure it should take about 3:30 – 4 hours to complete. Here’s hoping it’s a much nicer trail than I remember!

But enough about my week — on to the links!

I’m linking up with the lovely Heather of Life in Leggings as per usual to share some of the most interesting reads in food, fitness and self-love from around the web this week.

Ultra: Is It Possible To Be Fat And Fit? At 250 pounds, distance runner Mirna Valerio provides an inspiring example – Runner’s World
Long article, but worth a read. I love Mirna’s attitude. “With a BMI of approximately 39.2, more than nine points above the National Institutes of Health-established line defining obesity, Valerio, a marathoner, ultramarathoner, and trail runner, has emerged as a role model for this group; a living argument that it’s possible to be both fit and fat. β€œI’m pretty much in love with my body,” she writes in her blog. β€œSometimes I get disappointed or angry with it, but like any long-term, committed relationship, it usually comes right back to love and respect.”

Hit The Reset Button With This 2-Day Plant-Based Meal Plan! – Oh She Glows
Want to try eating entirely plant-based for a few days? My favourite food blogger and cookbook author (and fellow Canadian!) Angela at Oh She Glows created this yummy-looking sample meal plan with recipes.

PSA: It’s Time To Stop The Body Shaming Once And For All – Snacking in Sneakers
I love this article by Chrissy. It’s shocking and sad to read all of the personal body shaming experiences my fellow fitness bloggers shared in this post. What another person does/looks like is none of our business. We don’t know their story and have no right to judge.

5 Reasons Why Everything You Think You Know About Obesity Is Wrong (Or At Least Really Shady) – Everyday Feminism
There’s a reason why most diet plans fail, and most of it has to do with Weight Loss Inc. and our obesogenic environment, not our waning willpower. I covered some of this in my rant about why the fitness industry sucks in this post from last year.

What to Expect From Your First Personal Training Session – Fit Bottomed Girls
A great collection of tips for newbies who’ve just signed up for their first personal training session (to which yours truly contributed!)

What’s your stance on being healthy at any size? Have you ever tried going vegan or plant-based for a day? Have you ever experienced a body shaming?Β