menchie’s my way.

you’ll be happy to know that all of my tweeting about ice cream and frozen yogurt has not gone unnoticed – mostly by my waistline. but it was also noticed by Menchie’s, and they’ve invited me into their magical world of treats as an ambassador.


dangerously delicious, my local Menchie’s is only a few blocks away at 614B 17 ave SW in calgary. but it’s not surprising that i have one so close – they do have 116 locations across canada so far, and are the largest growing frozen yogurt franchise in the country.


above is my creation from my last visit, i call it: tropical coco colada.

here’s how you make it:

  • coconut froyo
  • chucks of fresh pineapple
  • pieces of waffle cone
  • cheesecake pieces (which doesn’t fit the theme, but goes on every froyo i’ll ever create)
  • toasted coconut
  • chocolate cookie crumbs
  • with two cherries on top!


delicious, right? there were numerous great sounding flavours at the yogurt bar but when i see coconut i stop dead in my tracks – i even passed up blueberry cheesecake for it!

when you bring a pregnant woman with you, their creation looks a bit more…abundant. Mary’s bowl had: awaffle cone, chocolate cake and coconut yogurt, nuts, turtles, reese’s pieces, chocolate sauce…and probably other things.

unnamed-4want to win a Summer VIP Pass to Menchie’s (equivalent to 7 complimentary visits)?

all you have to do is go to your local Menchie’s, create, name it and enjoy! but make sure to snap a photo first.

to enter for a chance to win a Menchie’s VIP Summer Pass you must do both of these:

  • follow @Menchies_CA and @laurabridgman on twitter/instagram (depending upon which you use to enter)
  • share an image of you Menchie’s creation with “#MenchiesMyWay: {NAME OF CREATION} – @laurabridgman @Menchies_CA ”

open to canadians. a winner will be selected on friday, august 7 (which leaves you plenty of time, but it sounds like a great long weekend plan!)

i’m really excited to see what you create, starting with one (or a few) of their 150 different flavours, including the newest Oreo cookie.

does it get better than free froyo?


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spartan workout plan.

i didn’t even start out this year with a goal to do things that terrified me, it just all started to fall into place: i took a crossfit fundamentals program and loved every workout, i ran my first race in years, and then a few more since, and took part in my first month-long yoga challenge.

shy of wearing a bathing suit in public, i’ve been crossing off fears left and right and realizing what my body is actually capable of. a task that often goes unnoticed since my mind is a cruel little thing who likes to tell me i can accomplish nothing.

i have a few more fears in mind that i’d like to conquer before the summer is over, but one stands out more than the rest.

i signed up for my first obstacle course race, and not just any OCR, but the queen of them all: Spartan Race.


completing an OCR has been on my mind since i stepped foot into victoria park crossfit in march. could i do it?

i can’t climb a rope, i have almost no upper body strength, and the thought of cutting myself open on barbwire makes me pout. the things i do have going for me though are the complete delusion that this is going to be fun, a “why the heck not” attitude, and the support of my amazing friend Heather who has decided to run it with me. that, and the understanding that i’ll be doing a lot of burpees.


so i’m doing it. on sunday, august 16. i’ll put on my tough-girl face and pull up my compression socks and see who comes out the other side. i know what you’re thinking, and you’re right, there’s a medal!

i really have no specific training plan set, i’m just ramping everything up. more surf, more running, more strength training, more burpees. and then more burpees.

incase you’re as lost as i am when it comes to implementing a training plan, spartan race canada has introduced a Workout Tour. led by a certified spartan coach, you’ll learn exercises to help you over the toughest obstacles. you’ll also get a “i’m training for a spartan race” t-shirt as part of the $10 registration fee – part going to charity – which is more than totally worth it for a two-hour workout alone, let alone the great swag.

here’s the details on calgary’s workout tour stop:

spartan race calgary workout tour
where: In the Altadore neighborhood of Calgary (register to receive the exact location!)
date: saturday, july 25
when: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
cost: $10.00 (partial proceeds go to charity)
what to bring: Some water, a towel, and friends!
register here

zl6EHjG3L7ysvT5JSxV75d8GWhf6raGUHvvTzR4WLQ0sadly, i work at the yoga studio on saturday mornings so i’m unable to make it. someone go and pick me up the t-shirt! a total want.

want to run the spartan race with me in calgary on sunday, august 16? enter the giveaway below. you must at least leave a comment on the blog telling me how you’d train for it!

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i’m totally crazy, right?!

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stretch and shine.

my stampede 2015 experience started on a healthy note (to be honest, it continued that way as well, because i don’t really drink or party or stay out late; basically, i’m a grandma, but not a cool one like betty white).3RVTd5DTJC_AahWByEhw3CV6pUlXAQApY3Z0mDwVw6U

on sneak-a-peek stampede day, i ditched my cowboy boots for bare feet and plaid for lululemon to take part in the greatest collaboration between junction 9 yoga & pilates, barre body studio and studio revolution.

41UqD9SCffmmk5VvuzRUd_IpXsYz7d_WKoiXfmxM0Rwup on the rooftop of junction 9, i was surrounded by the amazing communities of three local sweat spots to barre, surf and yoga the night away.

Cdyk161rKZkF_zIharDrh_7v1LsE0tyJUZSAGbGp36wthe energy was contagious and the night involved a great deal of laughter and hugs (because of, and thanks to, Jess and Mal). which was a really nice distraction from the leg shaking and ab torture that was also experienced.


though i have done a great deal of grumbling about surf around s&s, i am starting to warm up to it. that being said, it’s still really hard, and i’m not good at it, and it can still get me grumpy.


occasionally i’ll find myself having fun atop the board (when i’m not falling off of it). the night reminded me that my love of barre and yoga are still burning bright.


it also showed the true passion for fitness, for innovation and for community that these leaders have. the women that guided us through the night are some of the most genuine and sweet ladies you may ever meet. they are driven and succeeding in their fields, and encouraging everyone else to be their best, as well.

FiWesijUJVhepJvd5nIP4WageVLwp1AfPXj7hXvG2Ycif this was a photo of me, you’d see my cheeks flooded with tears. i blame the most epic, soulful playlist and the beauty of the evening for that – yes, i cry all the time. it’s just something that happens.


it all ended with a spectacular view of the stampede fireworks – cue more tears – and root beer floats made with true buch root beer kombucha and vanilla bean fiasco gelato. they were as delicious as you’re imagining them to be!

have you ever taken a rooftop class?

a huge thank you to Caryn Kilback for being awesome and Matthew Nelson and Ethan Blackwell for snapping photos all night.

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