THE TRIOBIKE MONO CARGO BIKE EXPERIENCE

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I love living an active lifestyle. This is one of the most important attributes that I would like to pass down to my children. Living an active lifestyle is great for your health, physically but also mentally. One of the ways I like to teach my kids to be more active is by always choosing to walk or bike if possible. I try to do things in the vicinity to avoid having to drive. Before the kids, Brandon and I loved to bike around the city. I biked to get to work every day and during the winter, I would use public transportation. Since moving to Montreal I haven’t felt the need to own a car. I love that about living in my neighbourhood. Everything is so accessible!

Last Saturday it was a beautiful sunny day and we went to Old Montreal with the Triobike Mono. This beautiful and stylish family bike is made in Denmark and is for sale or to rent at Allo Velo. When I first saw it, I thought about how it was a great idea since it is so convenient! I could get places faster than with the stroller and there is so much storage space to bring whatever my heart desires. However, I was a little intimidated by the size and the added responsibility of having to ride with my children in it. A lot of questions came to my mind. The first one was, will I be able to balance it and is it hard to maneuver? I also thought about the kids. How safe is it for them? But I had to give it a try!

Very quickly all my worries went away and I fell in love when I sat and started to ride.

I should start with how safe I found it for my children. I was happy to see that the beautiful leather seats come with 5-point adjustable seat belts to keep them seated properly and safely. The wagon also has a retractile hood which will protect them from harsh weather conditions. Snow, rain or too much sun, this is perfect all year round! The design is tailored to fit the needs of families. All the materials used are easy to clean and the box even has a self drainage system! Eating snacks and drinking milk, no problem! Taking care of your wagon is so easy with very little maintenance.

Since I am a petite girl, I was a little concerned about the size and weight. I was wondering how easy it would be to keep stable and how easy it would be to maneuver. The Triobike Mono is actually one of the world’s lightest and safest cargo bikes! The biggest and best part of all is that the bike balances on its own. I was super surprised by how easy it was to use! With all the different gear settings, I had no problem going up steep hills. I really especially liked how easy it was to steer. The brakes are perfect. They are built using the same design and mechanism as a car. This feature is one of my favourites because it makes me feel much safer.

The Triobike is all about your freedom to choose and express who you are. It will take you where cars cannot go. Choosing more economical and sustainable modes of transportation is a great way to be an example in our children and to make a positive impact on the environment. Living this kind of lifestyle will teach our children that they can indeed make a difference. The Trio Bike Mono is such a great alternative.

 Triobike is used  by families all across Canada! What kind of footprint are you leaving on this world for our children?

STAY TUNED FOR MY NEXT POST ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF BIKING!!

HOW CHALLENGING MYSELF KEEPS ME MOTIVATED

Hi y’all! This past month was an up and down for me. I started the month with a hardcore workout and diet. I kept my calories each day for the first two weeks and did my workout every other day for the first two weeks. Everything went great… until we had our family over. LOOOOL.

Having family over is one of our favorite things to do. We have fun, we laugh, we eat, we laugh again and play some boardgames. Everyone tries to win the games and at the end of each game we laugh again, because folks, WE ARE VERY COMPETITIVE, ESPECIALLY MY HUSBANDS FAMILY! After that week we had my sister over with her little baby girl, so guess what: MORE FOOD! I love food… what more can I say…

But here is the thing since we had family over and we had to work at night time, we didn’t really get the chance to workout how we wanted to. I mean, I rather stay with my fam than doing my workout (I know, I know, it shouldn’t be an excuse but for me it is.. looool) family means everything to us! After two weeks we went back to our normal schedule, waking up, eating within the calories, doing the workout we want to and at last going to work, and repeat.

We only have 10 days left then my husband and I will be going to Spain and we will be spending there our vacation with my family for two weeks… at the beach! YES BABY! So I challenged myself to do my workout even just harder! I am still eating my calories but I want to level up my workout. Today after a very long time I went for my 10 km run.

I have challenged myself to do at least another 5 times 10 km before going to Spain. This new challenge is pumping me up and I’m so down for it! I think I will be able to reach my 20.000 steps per day while doing that challenge. You guys, challenging myself means so much to me! I can show myself that I’m trying to be more self-reliant and more responsible to my goals and actions!

Are you up for new challenges? If yes, how do you challenge yourself?

xo, Carol

STAYING FIT WITH MY FITNESS PAL

It has always been a struggle for me to lose some weight. I have been running for the past few years. I started young… my parents would send me to athletics and it was hard but sooo much fun! I became one of the good runners and I loved it. If there was a chance to run faster I would train for it. Anyways, that’s all nice but my body weight has been crazy for the past two years.

At first I started skipping a meal but that didn’t last long because at night time I would get super hungry. My husband showed me that app called “My Fitness Pal” and it is so easy to use. You can set some weekly goals, like losing either 0,5 kg or 1,0 kg per week. It always depends on how you like to plan your meals for the day and your workout.

I decided to go for the 1,0 kg per week. I’m faaaar away from my dream goal but I’m getting there. As soon as you decided how much you would like to lose, the app automatically calculates you how many calories you get per day. Mine are only 1200 calories and let me tell you it doesn’t sound a lot but to be honest I made it work! I started to eat less carbohydrates (like bread, noodles, rice…) and more vegetables, I had less chocolate and more fruits. The chocolate part was the hardest for me because I FREAKING LOVE CHOCOLATE, I MEAN WHO DOESN’T? There is always a sacrifice to be made for a happier and healthier life.

Once you get all the food you want to cook you get ready to weight all the food. It is very important to keep track of all the grams and all the calories that way you can get a better view of what you consume each day. When I started this diet almost everyone would tell me: “that’s way too complicated”, “that’s unnecessary”, “you will probably stop doing it after one month”… well let me tell you, there will be many people telling you that you can’t do it… but keep trying. I keep trying too. The more people tell me I can’t do it, the more I try harder. I like to challenge myself, for without challenge there is no growth.

If you are wanting to lose some weight, stay within your weight or let’s go to the rare ones.. if you want to gain some weight.. Well then I recommend using My Fitness Pal. It has helped me a lot. It takes courage, resistance, endurance and faith in yourself.

How do you manage staying fit?

xo, Carol

EVEN 20 MINUTES ARE ENOUGH

Lately I haven’t been able to have a full workout session. In April I sprained my foot and it was terrible. I had made a goal of running 30 km each week, lol, and as soon as I made that goal I had a little accident while being on a run in the middle of the park. I thought maybe it was just to much run, so I went home and didn’t think a lot about it. The days went on and I continued with the workout (at least 5km run per day) but as the days went by I felt like my foot was breaking. The pain increased and I thought: Shoot I forgot to stretch… so I did. The very next day I went for another run but this time I couldn’t even run for 20 minutes. The pain so was strong I had to stop running and sat down for about 15 minutes. After three weeks going on and off with the pain I decided to go to the doctor and to be honest I was just going to ask for one sick day, so I could rest and don’t move, don’t do anything, just be at home and rest like a lazy pants. Anyways, I went to the doctor and guess what ONE DAY BECAME TWO WEEKS. He literally wanted me to stay home for five weeks but I told him I would be fine if its less, so he gave me two weeks of sick days (luckily we get paid our sick days in Germany). Now there I was… doing NOTHING. Three weeks later we went on our Canada trip and I started running again. But here is the thing I ran twice thats it because I was so scared I would hurt myself again that I couldn’t do more. Once we came back home from our vacation I went back to the doctor, told him everything was fine (which bye the way it wasn‘t a lie).

BADEN BADEN DOWNTOWN

I had to start doing my workout but very slowly. I started with 30 minutes again but I soon realized that even that was too much. So I decided to go a level down… just 20 minutes and I loved it. It wasn’t too little and it wasn’t too much. It was a perfect time to start running again. I felt like doing the same amount of exercise than with 30 minutes and I started to sweat way more, I guess because I was going slower than before, my body worked more and I lost a bit more calories. I loved it. I started doing 20 minutes 5 days a week and I went back to my old routine. Now after 2 months I kind of created a plan so I do every other day my 20 minutes and the other days at least 30 minutes. It feels great people!!!

How do you do your workout? Do you have a specific schedule or do you just go for it?

xo, Carol

FINDING A BETTER YOU

Over the past few years I have been trying to focus on hobbies that satisfy me. Some were reading books, writing, but most of all, I loved sports.

Finding something that fits you can be very difficult. Sometimes you will be very motivated, you will find strength in starting something new. But as time goes by, you will notice that your motivation sinks, sometimes we will skip it or we will find other activities that seem productive.

As soon as I noticed that that happens to me, I like to sit down and think about it. I like to grab a pen and a paper and start writing all my goals. Having and making new goals is such a wonderful thing. It helps us grow, it helps us to be more confident and more consistent. I find it very interesting, each goal has its own way to go. But having too many goals can be very overwhelming sometimes (at least for me it is). Thats why I decided to take it day by day. If I’m going to set a goal of working out 4 days a week, I will have to sit down every night and remind myself that I can do it. I will have to set a goal each night to concentrate in my strengths and the amount of success I would like to have.

This is why I say: Take your goal day by day. Its not bad to have many goals, instead, it is very admirable. But as you focus more on daily goals you will find a new level in yourself of achieving greater things in your life.

Finding a better you will become a stronger chapter in your life. It helps me to keep myself healthy and fit.

xo, Carol