This Week’s Best Reasons to Smile

15 Aug


1. Orange lipstick. Unexpected and delightful. #LemmeTakeASelfie (P.S. It’s a cheapy from Joe Fresh, so that’s just a bonus reason, really).

2. First TV segment booked. Boom! September 2nd, 8:10am, tune in to City TV to see me chatting about Calgary’s freshest fitness and wellness trends on Breakfast Television.

3. Catching up with gal pals. Gosh I’ve got some good ladies in my life.

4. Interviews that just blow your mind. Doesn’t happen all that often, but sometimes a project comes along that introduces you to amazing, awe-inspiring people. I feel honoured to even get to attempt to tell their stories.

5. Workouts that leave you just dripping in sweat. I’m not talking about like a little lady-like sweat. This was like dripping off of my pants down  my legs and collecting in my shoes and socks. New level ish.

6. Fresh, perfect shellack nails. Just love ‘em. And they stop me from making a mess of mine from biting them.

7. Road trips out to the countryside. Complete with being forced to buy a CD at a gas station when the radio gives out. Bonus points for the outstanding CD selection at said gas station. I didn’t even know Ed Sheeran had a new album out!

8. My Birthday Beat Down. Also known as the last training session of my 20s. It’s become a bit of a tradition that I get the crap kicked out of me the last session before my birthday festivities and heading into MJ 3.0 was no exception. It’s sounds terrible, but it’s occasionally strangely fun to be forced to give it everything you  have.

9. Getting caught in an apocalyptic storm in cutoffs, flip-flops and a tank top. What else can you do, but laugh?

10. Coffee dates with my FGM (fairy god mother). Time just flies when we are together. Never long enough.

11 Aug


It really is. So I’m hitting the road for a few weeks, friends. Heading back to my home and native land (Vancouver), chilling at my summer house on the Sunshine Coast with my BFFs and fam-damly, heading up to Whistler for a bit of “work” (aka. checking out a seemingly amazing hotel) and then celebrating my 30th in high style (Ed Sheeran concert at Ambelside and a very cool dinner party for 12 at Farm2Fork in Gastown).  Time for a little summertime magic…

This Week’s Best Reasons to Smile

8 Aug


1. Grammar jokes. They get me every time.

2. Planning cabin time cocktails with Mel. Time for a well deserved little break in the discipline and nothing says summer quite like white sangria and watermelon margaritas.

3. How every time the commentators on the Crossfit Games referred to Bjork Odinsdottir, I thought they were talking about someone’s daughter. Oh, Icelandic language, you are so tricky.

4. That moment when you get out of the elevator on your floor and think, “mmm…somebody cooked something good.” Then you open your door and realize, it was you! You were the one who cooked something good! Thank you slow cooker meatballs.

5. That moment when a little bird flies out from seemingly under your bed. Ok, that part and the panic that followed for the moment afterwards as it perched on my bedside lamp were not so smiley. However, once I gathered my wits (read: stopped being terrified of a bird smaller than my hand) I seriously coaxed it out of my bedroom, into the main room and back out the patio door by speaking to it in my best Snow White voice. Seriously. True Story.

6. The realization that I had been home for at least two hours before the bird decided to emerge. Where the heck was it all that time???? I’m never looking under the bed.

7. Granny’s in Lululemon gear with cruiser bikes. You go, lady. You go.

8. Quality patio time with a gaggle of exceptional ladies. We don’t always get together, but when we do…

9. Positive emails. Most of the time in this business, the emails I get are from people who want to complain or want something from me. That’s why it was so refreshing to receive a note from a reader the other day who wanted to meet up and learn more about me and what I do. So cool to be able to shed some light on the freelance lifestyle and (try) to share a few tips with an aspiring writerly type. Loved it, so thank you for reaching out Felicia.

10. Daydreaming about my upcoming jaunt to Whistler to check out Nita Lake Lodge and catch up with my gypsy soul sister, Carolynne. It’s been year since we’ve had a real adventure (backpacking Europe circa 2007), so not only is it going to be sweet to check out exactly what this stunning location (yah, work is rough sometimes), but also to catch up with my girl.

Yah, Write…

6 Aug

Good grief I suck at documenting this stuff for you guys, but here is what I’ve been writing lately. Most of it anyways…sometimes I forget. It ain’t easy being a hustler, ok!? Good news is, I was so far behind that those who like to read now have a whole lot of material to check out. You are so welcome ;)

Lucky Calgarians got to run the new YYC runway before the planes took over.

How to eat and drink your way around Victoria. Hint: on a bike!

Why destination runs are the way to get that marathon bucket list item done.

I’m not alone in my love of cacti. Succulents, so hot right now.

And my most read story EVER of course goes to the piece I have put the least amount of energy into EVER.

17 Reasons Calgary is Awesome. It’s a pretty awesome place, didn’t take much work to sum it up.

Two birds, one really sweaty stone: why Hybrid workouts are the smart fitness freak’s method of choice.

Bulletproof coffee (also known as adding some butter to your cup of joe) making its way to YYC, as documented for Swerve magazine.

Calgary’s parkour gym. Yes, parkour. Yes, I had to do a class. And yes, it’s really freaking difficult.

4 Places for S’more-inspired Treats courtesy of up! magazine

How to ride a surfboard not very much like Beyonce (if her song lyrics mean what I think they do? I’m not very street) for the Calgary Herald and Avenue Calgary.

App reveals how seasonally-based YYC’s runners and cyclists are (the results were kind of shocking to me, actually).

How to look the part at Calgary’s Packwood Grand event.

My adventures in adult gymnastics for the Herald and why you should try it for Avenue Calgary.

Where to get your cold-pressed juice fix in YYC and all the juicy details (see what I did there?) on the boys behind YYC’s Well Juicery.

Motivation Monday

4 Aug


Ready and waiting…

Recent Reasons to Smile

1 Aug

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1. Photos that just convey the wrong message. Danae (my hot date to our friend Kerianne’s wedding) and I could not stop laughing hysterically at how much we look like a lesbian couple here. #OrangeISthenewblack.

2. The movie Tammy. Pretty predictable, but so funny. Plus it totally reminded me that I really want to go to Kentucky (yah, I’m weird like that).

3. The Dirty Lemonade from Cru Juice. Tastes like an amazing summer indulgence, but with a reasonable amount of only natural sugars and all the detoxifying properties that come along with activated charcoal and bentonite clay. Hmm…I wonder if you can still clean out your system while you’re swilling a cocktail? This ish would make a great mix ;)

4. Those (kinda rare) days when it all just seems to work. Woke up naturally at 5 a.m., ploughed through some writing, enjoyed a sunny afternoon, annihilated the most difficult workout I’ve faced in a  LONG time, ate perfectly nutritionally the entire day and  just all-around loved life. Wish they could all be like that.

5. Surprise lobster dinners. It’s hard work getting into those babies, but so, so worth it.

6. New Lulu gear. I’m officially cut off from buying anything there (or anywhere, really) until well into the fall, but seriously, nothing lifts my sprits quite like new workout garb.

7. Throwing the football around. Actually, throwing….not so much. Catching, however, I’m pretty damn good at.

8. Progress. Thank goodness I started taking photos of my physique when I buckled down in May, because at a certain point of athletic pursuits the scale just stops being an effective measure of what’s happening (it also starts to become a mind f*ck). I have a tough time seeing progress on myself, so having images that can be lined up side by side is a very helpful motivational tool for me. Buckling down for one more week and can’t wait to see where I will be heading into summer vacation (and my 30th year of life).

9. Chocolate peanut butter coconut milk ice cream. I mean, there are no words. And yes, I do make that fit into my target macros, thank you very much!

10. That moment when you realize you’re a total fitness nerd: Icing my knees, eating my 4 ounces of chicken breast, reading Fitness Rx and catching up on the Crossfit Games. Side note: I’m not a cross fit athlete, I even take issue with some of the elements of the sport, but I just tricking love watching this stuff. And the women’s events in particular. What other sport is there when the female performances are equally (and sometimes more) impressive than the male’s? That alone is worth smiling about.

What’s Eating Meghan Jessiman (or What’s MJ Eating)

30 Jul

As a nutritionist I get asked A LOT about what I eat. Clients and non-clients alike really seem to like to know what I’m putting in my pie hole  (hint: it’s not pie) on the regular and, well, who am I to withhold the inner workings of my lunch pale?  While I never wanted this site to be one of those “fitness” blogs where the writer just recounts what she eats every day, I can see the value in occasionally snapping a photo of my meals before I scarf them back (though, that has proven challenging since I very much like to eat!) so people can find a little inspiration for putting together healthy meals of their own.

A disclaimer, though, before we get started with this first-time experiment. Firstly, I eat a lot. I train like an athlete, which burns a lot of calories, so I have to take a lot of them in. I’m in no way suggesting anyone copy my style of eats—especially those who don’t exercise rigorously and regularly. That’s why nutritionists have jobs in the first place, right? Meal plans are not a one size fits all deal; there’s a lot of specifics that go into concocting a meal plan and a lot of tweaking that happens from there. This is what works for me…for now. And secondly, my eats are not pretty! No food porn here. Just the straight up, macro-nutrient measured, tasty stuff. Looks not so good…tastes oh so good. That’s my motto.

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