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Five Things Friday: Another Week closer to Comfort


When I think of going back home I feel a sense comfort, the ability to be around family, my friends and my routine. 

Ah routine, the thing that by letting go finally gave me my life back. As much as I love having the same schedule everyday i know that when going back home I can’t won’t allow myself to slump back into those strict habits. 

By being spontaneous and accepting opportunities as they have been presented I’ve been able to see that there’s a whole other girl that’s been hidden inside of me for so long. 

So back to comfort… I’m not even sure what that word means in my life anymore considering the amount of change I’ve been going through lately; mentally and physically of course. 

Comfort can be food which I seem to have resorted to being lots and lots of carbs 

Comfort can be the place we call home; but where is home when you’re an expat? 

Comfort can be knowing you have support when the the times get tough 

Comfort can also mean change. 

Five things i ate 

Cherry Clafoutis has become my favourite summertime dessert and I plan to bring to recipe back to my parents restaurant! It’s pretty much an upside down cherry cake but with a pancake like batter so it’s light and fluffy! That being said there’s a lot of sugar in it!

Cherry French Clafloutis

Since I’m working all day everyday up until the day I leave my host dad came and friended my girl and I lunch! He knew I loved eggs a and cheese so I got a Quiche Lorraine fresh from the bakery! Who can turn down something so good!


More free time means more baking time for me! I made these Vanilla Protein Kinder Pancakes for breakfast as a nic ebalanced treat. Yes I ate chocolate in the morning but hey, it was good so that’s all that matters. 

When I was in Berlin I grabbed a Mint Chocolate Pulsin bar and I’m so mad at myself for not getting more! It’s by fr my dbaorite bar other than questbars of course! I had it for snack long side my trusty Kombucha! 


Overnight oats topped with soya yogurt, blueberries and apricots! Oh! and hemp seeds! 

Five thing I did this week

My skin color got a bit of color and I caught up on my weekly podcast favorites! I religiously listen to Maddy Moon and Miss Skinny Genes


I came back from Berlin after a weekend away


Met a beautiful friend in Paris for coffee

Weighed myself and realized I got to my goal weight finally!!

Started #journeytosplits with blogilates! 


Five pins 

Honey Nut Breakfast Smoothie / Running with Spoons

Honey Nut Breakfast Smoothie -- start your day off on the right foot with this creamy and comforting smoothie that combines the simple flavours of honey and nuts in a wholesome and satisfying breakfast! ||

Raw Chocolate Nut Balls / Athletic avocado 

#healthy Raw Chocolate Fruit and Nut balls! So easy to make and taste AMAZING! #nobake #vegan #rawvegan #paleo #chocolate

 Pizza Stuffed Baked Potatoes / Maebells 

Pizza Stuffed Baked Potato! Everything you love about pizza stuffed in a perfect baked potato!

Grown up grilled cheese / Fit Foodie Finds


10 Free things to do in any City / Suitcases and Sippycups

10 Free Things to Do in Any City - Suitcases and Sippy Cups

Well there you have it folks, another work week come and gone and another weekend ready to be enjoyed! Thanks Clare & Heather for the link up this week! 

I wanna know: 

What are your plans for the weekend? 
Do you tan or burn? 

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  • Reply Linda @ The Fitty

    You should do a post on all the podcasts you listen to!

    Also, I’m Canadian myself 🙂 So hello hello!
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    July 3, 2015 at 11:38 am
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      Reply Alexa

      That’s a good idea! I will have to gather them up 🙂

      July 3, 2015 at 5:37 pm
  • Reply Emily Swanson

    Yum. Yum. Yum… Those chocolate balls look delicious. My plans for the weekend include just spending time with my family!!! And celebrating the 4th together. 🙂 Kudos girl on getting to your goal weight! You look beautiful! 🙂
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    July 3, 2015 at 1:57 pm
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      Reply Alexa

      Spending time with family is what I plan on doing as well! It’s the best way to pass time in my opinion 🙂 thank you love! I appreciate it!

      July 3, 2015 at 5:37 pm
  • Reply Hayley @ Full of Life

    You’re amazing and so happy for you reaching your goal weight <3

    July 3, 2015 at 2:18 pm
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      Reply Alexa

      Thank you so much! I feel like a whole new woman haha!

      July 3, 2015 at 5:37 pm
  • Reply Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me

    Coming home for the summer has been one of the greatest things to happen to me all year. I cannot wait for you to experience it as well! I also admire your determination for NOT falling back into old habits. I was definitely scared of that upon arriving back home. This is where my eating disorder began, and I was worried I would fall back into the trap of it all. However, I didn’t! And I know you won’t as well because you are a strong young lady, capable of amazing things. <3 That picture of Berlin is stunning! I adore al lot the architecture out there, so I am loving the pictures you post of it all.

    CONGRATULATIONS on hitting the goal weight. I know it must not have been easy to go through the gaining weight process, but I just want you to know how vibrant you’ve become. You are treating yourself well, and that is the best possible thing.

    As for your question, if I have not built up a tolerance and it is my first time headed out in the sun, I burn like crazy. Thankfully, living in San Diego, I have learned how to take care of my skin and now I tan in a healthy manner. 🙂

    Hope you have a fabulous weekend, girly!

    PS: What does your tattoo say?
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    July 3, 2015 at 5:29 pm
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      Reply Alexa

      I’m so jealous of how much sun action you get during the year! I’m usually lucky for a couple weeks in Canada. That being said we’re having a record high week here in Paris!
      Thank you for the comments Julia, you have no idea how big of an inspiration you are/were when I was first attempting recovery. Have a fun weekend with your family! You deserve it!
      I actually have two tattoos but the one of my front that you can see is my mothers handwriting. I asked her to write our quote that we’ve always said to each other “I will always love you ” on a piece of paper, and then I surprised her by getting it tattooed on me ! My other one if on my shoulder and says “without struggle there is no progress” which is what I live by. Every hardship that I’ve gone through has only led to a positive ending. <3

      July 3, 2015 at 7:25 pm
  • Reply Beth @ Running with the Sunrise

    Oh my goodness, those pizza baked potatoes look heavenly! As does everything you ate. Now I want to stop by the grocery store and buy some apricots. 🙂 Congratulations on hitting your goal weight–that’s awesome! It’s always nice to accomplish a goal that you’ve been working hard to achieve for a long time. Hope you have a lovely weekend!
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    July 3, 2015 at 7:04 pm
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      Reply Alexa

      Wow, I really appreciate the love! I actually didn’t try and apricot until coming to france haha! I love them now 🙂 have a good weekend!

      July 3, 2015 at 7:22 pm
  • Reply kenzie negron

    congratulations on getting to your goal weight! those vanilla protein pancakes look sosososo yummy! xx, kenz
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    July 3, 2015 at 8:35 pm
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      Reply Alexa

      Thanks so much love! I honestly didn’t think I could do it but I guess I found motivation when I least expected it! And they were xx! Have a good weekend!

      July 3, 2015 at 8:38 pm
  • Reply Rhiannon Manzi

    Loved seeing all your foodie posts on instagram! Your photos are fab 🙂

    July 3, 2015 at 10:18 pm
  • Reply Alison @ Sweetly Petite

    Congratulations on hitting your goal weight! You look so much happier in the second picture, and that just makes me smile 🙂
    All of the recipes you pinned look delicious. I especially want to try the Honey Nut Smoothie. How can you go wrong with a smoothie?
    Have a lovely weekend girlie!
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    July 4, 2015 at 3:31 pm
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      Reply Alexa

      Thank you so much! It’s exciting to finally see progress! And yes I am SO MUCH happier! I love smoothies and have been craving one forever .. But sadly our blender here is ancient haha

      July 4, 2015 at 6:22 pm
  • Reply Niki @ Life With Niki

    It must feel so bittersweet to return home after your trip! I would love it so much if you did a sort of recap about your travels, what you learned/experienced, and how it will impact your future/coaching. I am a HUGE fan of traveling, and Europe is no exception! So happy for you that you have reached your goal weight, congrats! You look more beautiful now than ever, and I hope you are able to see what a gorgeous person you are both inside and out <3.
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    July 4, 2015 at 6:19 pm
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      Reply Alexa

      It is going to be bittersweet you’re right. I’m excited to see my family and stuff but scared to fall back into bad habits! And I will def do a post or multiple on my journey here! Thanks for the idea 🙂 I appreciate your support love <3 have a great weekend !

      July 4, 2015 at 6:24 pm
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