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Our Life Is Changing/Doell Family Update

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This past year has been full of transition for our little family. We added a new baby, moved, and changed up the face of dailyroutinefitness.com

About a year ago I decided to change the way we do things at Dailyroutinefitness.com and open my life up to my readers on every level not just fitness. My journey of health and fitness has been so much deeper then just developing the perfect abs and eating the right foods. My desire is to share my heart, my ups, my downs and be real with my audience.   You will be seeing a variety of Fitness, Food and Lifestyle showing up on the blog in a stronger way as we organize, re-brand and set the stage to show you what really happens in the day to day of my life. Thank you to the readers who have been so encouraging and faithfully walked the last 2 years out alongside me.

 

Tonight marks the next step (or leap) into the unknown.

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A year ago Troy came to me after reading “Just Courage” By Gary Haugen, founder and CEO of International Justice Mission. He told me he felt our life was going to change, but wasn’t really sure how yet. I could see a passion for ministry being birthed inside of him (little did I know at the time, but this passion had been realized much earlier by Troy in his own life) I will admit I wasn’t immediately excited about this news. I came from ministry background and the idea of going back to ministry was not on the top of my priority list. I love people and want to serve, but I wanted to do it outside the context of “church” because in my experience, church can be harsh. Troy was so patient and continued on his journey of seeking God’s heart and pursuing his love for people in the context of his current career. Through this process, he truly believed that if something big was going to happen, we would end up on the same page. At Christmas my sister-in-law was given the book “For The Love” by Jen Hatmaker. She offered to let me borrow it as she was already reading another book at the time. This book changed my perspective, my heart and the way I view people. Two major takeaways for me 1) What I valued highly in life, really wasn’t what I truly value. 2) There wasn’t anyone building community in Kelowna like the book was explaining. It was almost as if a neon sign was lit in front of my eyes. I immediately started to see so many people searching for others to connect with, people to support them in life’s struggles and the lack of love coming from the modern church. People believe in God, love Jesus, but find that their current church fails to really invest in them no matter where their current faith journey is at. To make a long story of many conversations, prayers and visions into one blog post… We dove into opening our lives (in any way possible) to the people around us. These past 6 months we have worked hard to shift our focus to how we can build that community within our sphere of influence.

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During this time a young family came to live with us for a month because they unexpectedly went into labour with their second little girl 5 weeks before they were due. They were visiting Kelowna for a conference and found themselves in the NIC ward for 4 weeks while their newborn girl gained the strength needed to make the trip back home to the Lower Mainland. Our suite was empty, so it only made sense to have them come stay. Over these 4 weeks we built an amazing friendship and bond with Shane, Rachel and family that was so refreshing to Troy and I. Shane (the husband) was pastoring a church in Coquitlam and invited us to come visit once they headed home. We spent a few weekends going back and forth, sharing our passions and dreaming big things together.

 

Through countless hours of conversation and prayer, we decided as a family that we would take a crazy step of faith, out of a place of great comfort, and move to the Coquitlam area to be a part of Shane’s church (CLA Coquitlam) and help invest in building their community. This was a massive faith step for us, and there is no way we could have done this on our own. On June 10th, Troy gave his official notice to step away from his current career and on September 1st, we will officially be living in the Coquitlam area.

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I’m excited to start training clients at the coast and pursuing opportunities to possibly teach in downtown Vancouver to help pay the bills. We are believing for an amazing house to open up, awesome job opportunities and new friendships. We want to say a huge thank you to friends and family who have already walked some crazy portions of this journey with us. There are so many things about Kelowna we love, so deciding to move has not been easy, and many times fear and heartbreak are daily struggles. Through it all, we are so excited for this new adventure and have already seen God show up in so many amazing ways!

 

Kelowna friends, during this transition we want to see you! Please come stop by to say hi and goodbye. We love you and want to personally connect with everyone we possibly can before we start this adventure.

Love,

Rachel, Troy, McCarthy, Bennett & Adelaide

The First Year and How It Changed Everything

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When I scheduled this shoot, I thought I would publish it moments after receiving the photos. Fast-forward nine months later, and I’m just making the move to write this post and share these photos. I think a huge part of me believed that keeping these images to myself would slow down the days, weeks, and moments. Today we are celebrating Adelaide officially turning one, and I cannot express the joy my heart has held over this past year.

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The moment Adelaide came into our world, my soul and everything I knew about being a woman changed. I clearly saw who I now wanted to be and what I wanted to let go of. The way I looked at my body, my worth, and who I was as a woman would someday be reflected in her eyes, and I knew the moment I looked at her that I was ready to let go of who I had thought I was.

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After having my boys, I’d been so desperate to get my body back and feel normal. Now, looking back, I realize that my desperation to be fit and lean and to appear to be the perfect mom was my coping mechanism for feeling out of control as a new mom. Instead of allowing myself to experience these emotions and really digging into who and what I wanted to be, I suppressed the emotions with goals, organized food, and achieving perfection in the mirror. Is there anything wrong with being in shape, wanting to be fit, or having health goals? No! It’s what I do for a living. I believe in it, but I also believe in achieving health from the inside out. If we cannot do this and allow our emotions to emerge, deal with our insecurities, and let go of negative self-talk, we risk having our workouts, food choices, and health focus become Band-Aids for what’s really going on inside.

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I remember walking onto the beach in a bikini five days after having had Adelaide and holding my head high—not because of what I looked like but because I already knew who I was becoming. I spent this past year slowly moving back into fitness and making health decisions that would create lasting results instead of quick fixes. The drive and determination to be fit has never left my body, mind, or soul, but the direction in which I place my energy has. Have I looked at myself in the mirror this year and wished I had gotten fitter and thinner faster? I would be lying if I said no. But I’ve also learned to look in the mirror and remind myself of the countless hours I have spent juggling babies while working out. I have learned to take pride in my own character development as I choose to celebrate a friend’s victory with wine without counting the calories in my glass and as I say yes to events even though I know I might look softer in my photos than before.

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Part of our preparation for Adelaide’s arrival was creating this nursery together as a family. Today I wanted to share these photos and the love behind the hours of work we put into this room, instead of just showing the typical before-and-after physical journey. This past year has been so much more than what you see on the outside. It has taken endless hours of labor to work on what has been happening on the inside, too.

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Dear Adelaide,

There are no words for the honor I feel at being chosen as the one you call Mommy.

You came into our world in a complicated and physically demanding journey! Yet you have brought us nothing but joy and peace over this year…. Okay, maybe I’m exhausted from waking up with you, but that’s a whole other blog post!

I love you, little chicken! I can’t wait to see you dream big dreams and dance with freedom and conviction as you greet life’s journey.

All my love

xoxo

Photography: Rebecca Siewert

Crib: Westcoastkids

Mobile: Nicole Young

Baby TeePee: Aggie And Francois

Bird Cage Light: Olive and Elle

 

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Coconut Milk Coffee Ice Cream Bars

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I recently stumbles upon the Foodie Teen and totally fell in love with this girls blog. I decided to take one of her popsicle recipes and re-work it with a little java love.

Photography By: Abbie Rose

Enjoy~~*

Coconut Milk Coffee Ice Cream Bars:

All these delicious ingredients can be purchased at Natures Fare Market.

  • 2 cups full fat coconut mil
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup black coffee chilled (Optional)

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For the Salted Caramel:

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Dark Chocolate Coating:

  • 2/3 cup dark chocolate
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil

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Directions:

For the Coconut Milk Popsicles:

  • 1. In a small bowl, whisk together ½ cup of the coconut milk and the arrowroot powder.
  • 2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine all remaining ingredients until it starts to bubble, then stir in the arrowroot/coconut mixture and whisk very well for about a minute or until thickened. You’ll feel it in your arms, but you should also be able to see the whisk leaving a trail in the mixture!
  • 3. Remove from the heat and let the mixture cool. Whisk again vigorously (the mixture may have gotten a little thick, so whisk very well!) then fill your popsicle moulds and freeze until solid, at least 3 hours.

For the Salted Caramel:

  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the coconut milk, vanilla extract, and salt.
  • 2. Place the coconut sugar and water in a small saucepan over low heat, and, stirring constantly, heat until it starts to bubble a little around the edges.
  • 3. Quickly add the coconut milk mixture in one go, turn up the heat to medium, then simmer for about 10 minutes, whisking every minute or two, until the mixture has thickened slightly. It may splatter a little!
  • 4. Remove from heat and let cool completely, whisking every so often as it cools to prevent lumps.

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For the Dark Chocolate Coating

  • 1. Combine dark chocolate and coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. Let cool slightly before using.

To Assemble

  • 1. Remove the frozen popsicles from their molds.
  • 2. Place the salted caramel into one bowl, the chocolate coating into another bowl, and have your chopped toasted almonds nearby. Prepare a sheet pan lined with parchment paper at the end of your ‘assembly line’!
  • 3. Dip a popsicle into the salted caramel, flipping the popsicle to make sure everything is coated. Wait about a minute whilst turning the popsicle constantly until the caramel sauce has hardened, then quickly dip it into the chocolate coating. Again, make sure the whole popsicle is coated in chocolate! Quickly sprinkle both sides with chopped toasted almonds, then wait about 30 seconds for the chocolate to set and place the popsicle onto the prepared sheet pan.
  • 4. Repeat with the remaining popsicles. Store any leftover caramel sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Any leftover chocolate coating can be poured into ice cube trays, frozen, and re-melted at a later date for an instant chocolate sauce.
  • 5. When you’re done coating all the popsicles, eat immediately or place into an airtight container in the freezer for up to 6 weeks.
  • 6. Enjoy!

 

 

What Moves You?

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What moves you?

Many of you have your goals and what drives you to get your butt out of bed at the butt crack of dawn. For me, many days it’s seeing the drive and passion of my oldest McCarthy. This little man wants so badly to be a runner and master the art of a quick and powerful stride. I find it so fascinating that at this young age he already is committed to the work, the process, and not giving up because Lewis beats him every week at sprints on the playground (Lewis is one of his favourite pre-school buddies.) One of the best things about his goal to become the worlds fastest runner, is the moments we share together. I will admit there are moments when I want to tell him Mommy just needs time in the gym (garage) alone to pound it out and make peace with her mom stress. But I never regret the early mornings we share together sweating it out, talking out pre-school life situations and learning new things about each other. He may forget the first morning we did sprints across the parking lot together, but I won’t! I will always remember that morning I wanted to give up so badly. I wanted to cut the workout short, go make coffee and applaud myself for completing the 20 minutes of weight training in the garage that morning. McCarthy, kept asking me over and over again to please work on sprints ! He promised it would be fun and he would give me a head start;) That morning we completed 20 minutes of sprints in between laughing and teasing one another along the way. I will forever hold that morning close to my heart. He ignored my sweat, my tired eyes, my bad attitude and just believed I could achieve a little more in my workout.  I believe 100% in the power of personal training and coaches! But I also believe sometimes the greatest coaching comes in the simplest form. Maybe they talk to much, or ask us too many questions, but what happens in those moments of working through the emotion, pushing past the barriers and seeing someone truly believe in the power of who we are is a feeling no one can duplicate.  One day I hope to be as powerful of a coach as the 5 year old I share the gym with. I will teach people to walk through their physical puddles and smile with genuine joy on the other side.

McCarthy, you are Mommy’s greatest inspiration!

xoxo

Photography By: Abbie Rose 

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15 reps each exercise:

20 minutes non stop (He takes breaks whenever he wants:)

90 seconds of sprints after each completion of circuit.

  • Lateral shoulder raise
  • Bicep curl
  • Push-Ups
  • Back-Row

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 Lateral Shoulder Raise:

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 Bicep Curls:

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