This Just In >>> I’m Launching A New Website

Yeahhh….. long time no see :)

Not that I think you’ve been waiting around for a dose of Life After Bagels, but I wanted to explain where I’ve been.

If you recall, in July I completed my Can Fit Pro personal trainer certification process. Since then I’ve been thinking and toiling away on what to do with that. I’ve decided to start a new site / business that’s less personal Morgan and more trainer Morgan, if you get what I’m saying.

I’ve also taken on a business partner – my colleague, neighbour, and fellow health and fitness professional, Katie.

The new site / brand:


The site will officially launch on December 2nd, we’re doing a bunch of back and preparation work before then.

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You Can Have A Fit Vacation If You Want To

When I think about vacation or heck, even days off, I always think about having extra time to workout.  I love being at the gym and both Brad and I love a good 2 hour workout (yeah we straight set, don’t judge).

When vacation is at the cottage, you gotta get inventive though.  I already told you I brought my resistance bands and they were super helpful.  Plus, I had me some outdoorsy badass workouts to do with the other materials I could get my hands on.  Behold:

Ya dudes, I flipped a tire.  We just found a tire on the beach et voila instant workout!  Tires are way heavier than I imagined, why didn’t anyone tell me that this was going to take my entire body.  I seriously thought it was going to take a little forearm and a flick of the wrist … but no.

I concocted some sort of cottage extravaganza workout most days, plus a few runs, plus there was just so much stinking rain last week that Brad and I drove into town to hang out at the YMCA to get some lifting in.  << That run on sentence is longer than my run this morning.  I ain’t an english major kids.

Don’t worry, I also made lots of time for fun and regular cottage stuff … like watching the beautiful sunset on Lake Huron.

The picture barely does it justice.  But no matter – cause I’m going back again this weekend :).

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Simply Choices Protein Chips GIVEAWAY

It’s the last Monday in July which means it’s the last Canadian friendly giveaway on Life After Bagels.  This one is extra special, mostly because I’m vacation.  HOORAY!

I’ve got eleven days at the cottage and my mission is relaxation.  That’s a hard task since I think of myself as a workaholic, eternally biting off more than I can chew.  Perhaps I’m proving that point by finding the only bit of wifi in the entire town.  What? A girl has stuff to do like blogging about this fabulous giveaway (amongst a bit of other work).  I like to balance my vacation.  The balances means some reading novels, some drinks at the campfire, some healthy bbq, some hot dogs on the beach, and some running on the beach.  You know, a bit of everything.

This whole balance chit chat is pretty much the perfect segue way into today’s giveaway:


The chips are one of my favourite snacks.  When Simply Choices launched them I originally used them for an after workout snack, but I also love to pack them for lunches for a 3pm snack.  And dare I say – they are perfect for the cottage too!  Check out those stats: 15 grams of protein and 140 calories.  Pretty awesome, yes?!?!?!

One winner will receive one case of their choice of flavour of Simply Protein Chips.  Contest open to entrants with Canadian addresses only.  Contest open until Friday August 2, 2013 11:59 pm ET.

How to enter:

  • Leave a comment telling us how you balance fun and fitness while on vacation.
  • Tweet the following phrase and then leave a comment telling us you tweeted: I entered to win protein chips from @SimplyChoices and @LifeAfterBagels
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Training For …? Now What

It’s the day after Christmas.  Or the week after Warrior Dash.  Same thing.  I’ve written about this many time before but no matter what it always happens … that now what feeling.  Now that all of the hill training is done, what on earth should my training plan look like?  Can I even call it my training plan?  Cause I ain’t training for anything.

Have you seen those pinterest-y images / quotes that say something like “I’m training for life”.  Cheesy right?  Although a little true.  Working out isn’t all about weight loss or races.  I love being at the gym.  I love lifting weights and checking out my shoulders in the mirror (as if you don’t do it, cause you do).

So even though I don’t have a race ahead of me, and my weight loss efforts are mainly over, I’ve continued to drag my bruised body (from Warrior Dash FTR) to the gym every day this week.  The key for me in the next month is going to be focus.  There’s no better way to focus than writing it down.  This morning I took to the master of record keeping aka the post it note.

Let me ask y’all this >>> Are you a writer downer / tracker / planner of your workouts, or do you freestyle it everyday?

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We Conquered – Warrior Dash Ontario

Howdy amigas!  I made it through last week and it feels GOOOOOOOOD.  In typical Morgan tradition I bit off more than I could chew, but luckily I choked it down. Last Monday was my personal trainer final exam.  Wooohoooo – I’m officially certified now.  Saturday was Warrior Dash.

Here’s the thing about Warrior Dash, everyone kept saying how easy the race is.  Well my friends, easy is relative.  It wasn’t easy for me, and I spent the last 10 weeks struggling with my confidence and thinking that I was less fit than everyone else who was calling it easy.  But now that I’ve accomplished it, WHO CARES – I feel awesome, and super proud of myself.

I trained for 10 weeks.  I saw my doctor for physical therapy.  I ran hills, I went to the gym, I iced, I foam rolled, I wrapped and taped…..

I conquered.

Don’t let someone else’s opinion mess with your goals.  The course was intense, so much uphill, so many walls to climb over and drop off.  And yes, so much mud.

Official time: 58:47

Placed: 429/1780 Women 20-29

Along this training plan, I trimmed up and dropped some weight and got a whole bunch stronger.  The end of July marks a year of weight loss efforts.  I can’t wait to show you my progress.  But for now, I shall revel in my Warrior Dash medal (which is also a beer bottle opener, hehehe).

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WOOOHOOOOO just passed my personal trainer certification final exam.  Holla!!!!  More on that later this week.  The only thing we should be doing is celebrating, right?  Right.  So let’s celebrate with another super duper awesome Canadian friendly giveaway.

Ladies and gentlemen … errrrr okay just ladies this time.


Yes they are giving away a total 8 week session which means someone is going to 16 super fit and fierce classes from Fit Chicks.  Check out the locations to see if there’s one near you.

I’ve attended a Fit Chicks session before at the park down the street from house.  Look at me getting my sit up on ;).

To find out everything that’s included in an 8 week session click on over to their webpage.

And let me tell you a bit more about Fit Chicks:

  • They’re next 8 week session starts August 5th (sign up here)
  • They’re next retreat is August 9-11th (sign up here – retreats usually sell out early!)
  • Laura (head chick and 1/2 of the awesome co-founder team) was just nominated as one of the top ten fitness professionals in Canada by CanFitPro.
  • If you’re a Rogers TV customer you can do Fit Chicks workouts at home (check out your local listings here)

I’m quite certain I’ve convinced you to enter this contest, yes?  How to enter:

  • Leave a comment below telling us what makes you a fierce and fit chick (ya, you gotta brag about yourself to enter this contest, cmon!!!)
  • For an extra entry, tweet the following phrase and leave a comment telling us you did: I entered to win a 8 week bootcamp from @FitChicks and @LifeAfterBagels

*Contest open to women who can attend a full 8 week session at one of the current Fit Chicks locations.  Contest will close at 11:59pm ET on Friday July 19th and the winner will be randomly drawn and emailed.

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Confidence, ACTIVATE!

Aside from work (okay and the cottage), my entire life has been consumed with either training for Warrior Dash or prepping for my final exam for my personal trainer certification.  Luckily (foolishly?) I’ve scheduled allllll of the above in the same week.  Tomorrow I’m heading to my CPR and First Aid.  Monday is my practical exam for PT, and next Saturday is Warrior Dash.  Wooooooo!!!!!

I’m trying to be super confident and excited but the truth is I’m a bit nervous about both.  BUT, the best thing I can do is prepare prepare prepare.  I’ve been running hills for weeks and weeks for Warrior Dash.  Yesterday’s hill run wasn’t the best, but sometimes you just gotta get ‘er done.  As for practicing for my PT exam, I’ve been taking Jacky through workouts all week.

Yesterday and today are two-a-day workouts…  SERIOUSLY never thought I’d say that.  But heck, this stuff is important and I did take the summer off of school.

Let’s end this post, I’m rambling.  Obviously proof of my nerves!  HAPPY WEEKEND everyone :)

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GIVEAWAY – Try These Awesome Zico Coconut Water Flavours

I’m just home from another weekend at the cottage.  I feel so lucky to be having such a great summer off of school.  Goodness only knows why I ummm-ed and awwww-ed over making the decision to take a semester off.  I’ve been so busy, it’s definitely turned out to be the right choice.  One of the things I’ve wanted to do this summer is focusing on doing more awesome things on this blog.  I love that you guys were so excited for the Simply Choices giveaway last week, and I’ve got something super exciting to tell you.


I’ve partnered with some awesome Canadian and Canadian-friendly companies to offer you Life After Bagels besties some great giveaways this month.


Zico Coconut Water is going to send one lucky winner a case of each flavour (3 available in Canada) of their coconut water – natural, chocolate and latte.  My favourite is the latte.  We packed a bunch of coconut water to take on our girls weekend at the cottage and drank it before a run on the beach, and brought some to the beach for swimming and drank more with dinner.  Seriously we drank a lot.  Also we mixed the latte and chocolate flavour together – AMAZING!!!

And cause we think we’re bikini models – we had a Zico photoshoot ;).

To enter the giveaway:

  • Leave a comment telling me what your favourite outdoor summer activity is.
  • Contest open to entrants with Canadian addresses only.
  • Contest open until Friday July 12th at 11:59pm ET.
  • Winner will receive one case of natural, one chocolate, and one latte.

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Everything You Need To Know About Detox – Enlightened Life Guest Post

Over the past year I’ve started to incorporate some detoxifying behaviours in my regular meal plans.  You may have seen me write before about taking on extreme detox practices.  I don’t believe in putting your body through anything extreme.  That’s why I’m very excited to share this detox information and program with you from my awesome friend … take it away Dani:

Hi! My name is Danielle Felip and I am a Holistic Nutritionist in Toronto, Canada as well as Morgan’s friend and neighbor. I am often asked about detoxing…what is it and why do it? Well…

The human body is pretty incredible and is designed to detoxify on its own…that is assuming everything is functioning optimally. However, when we eat too much sugar, fat, refined and processed junk, are too stressed out and are polluted with environmental toxins this detoxification process is slowed down.

If you experience…

  • Low energy
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Dull skin and hair
  • Acne
  • Poor digestion
  • Inflammation
  • Food cravings
  • PMS and hormonal imbalances

It may be a sign that it’s time to detox. So why detox? Well, detoxing is a way for us to slow down and reconnect with our bodies and ‘reset’ them by consuming whole foods, getting plenty of rest and paying attention to how we feel both physically and mentally.

Some of the many benefits of detoxing include:

  • Weight loss
  • Increase energy
  • Improve digestion
  • Clear and bright skin
  • Reduce food cravings
  • Strengthen immune system
  • Improve sleep quality
  • Improve concentration
  • Decrease stress
  • Increase sex drive

Sounds great right? And the best part is, you don’t have to starve or shell out a fortune to reap these rewards! This is why I have created the Sensational YOU Summer Detox, a 7-day detox with 4-day post-detox transition.

This program includes a 70-page ebook guide filled with valuable detox-friendly information, over 85+ whole food, plant-based, gluten-free recipes, a 7-day detox meal  plan, a 4-day transition meal plan, daily emails over the course of the detox and a private Facebook group where you can ask questions, post photos and share your progress.

Group detox starts Wednesday, July 17th. Register now for $10, price will increase on July 10th.

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The Secret Is Revealed – A Happy Canada Day New Flavour From The Simply Bar

This is a sponsored post from Simply Choices.

Happy Canada Day everyone.  As you know I love me some good ol maple leaf celebration.

Last week I shared on Twitter / Instagram / Facebook that Simply Choices had a Top Secret launch for July 1st.

Let me congratulate Simply Choices on their 10th anniversary.  They’re a Canadian, women owned company and I’ve been so lucky to get to partner with them on many occasions on this blog to share some delicious snacks with you.  Here we are, together again to celebrate Canada Day with this awesome new canuck-friendly flavour …

CUE THE MARCHING BAND ……. Maple Pecan!!!!

This is a seriously delicious flavour.  The first bar I tried I was MMMmmmm-ing and MMMmmmm-ing and MMMmmmm-ing.  (MMMmmmm is a verb now by the way).

We’ve obviously got a box of bars for one of you as well.  GIVEAWAY GIVEAWAY GIVEAWAY 😀 😀 😀

One winner will receive one box of Maple Pecan Simply Bars.

To enter:

  • Leave a comment telling me your proudest Canadian moment (personal, maybe something from the Olympics, a proud moment for civil rights in Canada, etc.)
  • For an additional entry tweet: I’ve entered to win the NEW maple pecan flavour from @SimplyChoices and @LifeAfterBagels

Contest open until Friday July 5th 2013 at 11:59pm ET.  Winner will be drawn at random from all entries.

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