Monthly Goal Check-In

Hiya! How was everyone’s Monday? Mine was surprisingly good! Despite missing my bedtime by almost two hours last night, I still found the energy to charge through another Monday. Getting up for a 6am spin class always helps though. I’ve learned my lesson – every Monday should begin with a spin class. Sweating buckets in a room full of people in padded cycling shorts just sets the week up right, ya know? :P

I also felt pretty legit walking in and out of the gym with my shmancy new gym bag.

Went straight to the office after class and got there at 7:45am! Gave me plenty time to dig into my packed breakfast of overnight oats.

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  • 1 40g package of spiced multigrain instant oatmeal
  • 2/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • healthy dose of cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • 2 tbsp cashews

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As far as overnight oats go, the yogurt/applesauce combo is definitely a winner for me. I specifically used cashews in there because I knew they’d get soft in the fridge overnight… mmm…

I never photograph it, but my at-work breakfasts always include a mug of iced coffee.

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I chug half a french press worth of iced coffee before the gym, then drink the rest after.

My snack was an un-homemade bar.

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These were $0.99 each at the grocery store this week, so I picked up a few. Did they change the Luna bar recipe in Canada?

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I could have sworn the old version of these had 180 calories, not 190, and less rolled oats. Also, it looked smaller. Or I’m going crazy, which is a likely possibility as well.

Lunch!

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Turkey pita with veggies and Olive & Feta Hummus. That odd-shaped fruit on the side is a ya pear. Another on-sale purchase. I find it tastes very similar to an Asian pear – super crunchy and mild in taste. Wikipedia says it’s a Chinese white pear with a taste similar to rose and pineapple. Either way, I prefer my bartletts.

My snack looks disgusting, which means it was really good!

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Ham and cheese. I ended up only eating one of the herb & cheddar cheese sticks because there was more ham in the bag than I thought. I wrapped the ham around the cheese and it made for a stellar high fat, high protein snack. Seriously yummy.

Work was busybusy today, but one of those good busy days. Lots of fun projects to putter away on. Then I came home my Secret Bloggie Valentine gift!!

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Eeeeee!!!! I was especially excited for this to arrive seeing as I’m a single gal this Valentine’s Day. I was even more excited when I saw who it was from – Adrien from Confessions of a Health Nut!! She’s one of the many new bloggers I’ve stumbled across lately, and I was super pumped to see a name and blog I recognized on the card :D

Ohyes, the goods!

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First, the Yogi Tea in lemon ginger, kombucha, peppermint and chai rooibos. Funny, because lately at work I’ve been saying I’m going to join the tea-drinker club. Everyone there chugs back tea all day but me! I’m totally bringing in my stash tomorrow. Also funny that she sent me romantic word magnets. My mom used to have these and we had so much fun coming up with hilarious and inappropriate combinations on her fridge. Something to do while I wait for my waffles to cook ;)

My mom stayed at my place all day painting my kitchen. How sweet is that? She’s been hard at work whipping my apartment into shape. I am so grateful she’s willing to do it! Anyways, my kitchen is full of wet paint, so I made us a cold dinner.

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On the beastly sandwich:

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I ate 1/4 of an avocado and didn’t die!!! Yessss!!! I did have slight tummy pains, but I also chewed a lot of gum today, which does that to me too. Regardless, a successful Fatty February experiment :)

Dessert was, what else, chocolate from Adrien!

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Being the foodie nerd that I am, I noticed this was organic chocolate from BC, close to where Adrien is. So I checked out the Denman Island Chocolate website, and was really really impressed by it. They sound like a wonderful company, manufacturing natural food in a beautiful part of the world. Oh, and the chocolate was delicious. Although, my mom insisted it had hemp in it, but she just thinks people in BC are hippies :P 

 

Monthly Goal Check-In!

Okay, so I usually do this on Sundays. But hey, better late than never? Let’s see how I’m doing with my monthly goals after a week…

1. Work out no more than 6 hours a week. I worked out five times at 5 hours and 25 minutes. Perfection! My body was challenged, but not overworked. I almost worked out a sixth time, but listened to my body and slept in instead. That extra day off was just what I needed to finally combat the cold I had.

2. Say yes more. Yes, yes, and yes. Went out for some jazz and drinks last week, and I’m going on a trip this weekend!

3. Make more leftovers. I made a recipe last week from an actual cookbook. I got four meals out of my Spinach and Ham Ricotta Pie, and an addition 52 meals out of the ham I bought for the recipe. (that’s exaggeration btw, it was more like 38)

4. Eat more fat. Yesss!! I’ve been tracking my calories on and off and I’m getting about 30% of my calories from fat these days. That’s around 60g of fat a day – triple what I was eating before! I’ve been doing just little things like adding a dash of oil or butter here and there, switching to full fat cheese, and even eating avocado and dark chicken meat like I did for dinner today.

 

I also have a couple more updates. Remember one of my monthly goals in November was to get more sleep? I wrote “This is an ongoing issue that I think is more than just scheduling and bad time management. There are reasons I can’t sleep, and it’s time to get to the bottom of it.”

Well I’m happy to report that my sleeping patterns are back to normal!! For some reason, at the end of 2008, going into my lat semester of university, I just stopped being able to sleep. I used to be the girl who could sleep 10 hours a night, no problem. I blamed it on aging and stress from school, but it never went away. I graduated, worked a job I didn’t like, and it continued.

I made that goal on November 1, two days after I quit my job. The sleeping got a little better after that. I stopped naturally waking up at 5am everyday at least. But now with a more regular schedule, and a few more life changes (ie less things to worry about and weigh me down) I feel relaxed enough to be able to sleep the whole night through – 8 hours plus!!

However, it’s not all good news.

Remember the awful rash on my legs?

Well, my mom and I have been sharing a bed these past few nights. And she says she woke up last night to the sound of me furiously scratching my legs. I had a suspicion I was doing this in my sleep, but she said it was pretty bad last night. I think it has something to do with my anxiety disorder, I used to grind my teeth when I was a teenager. Anyways, I have no clue how to train myself to stop doing this. The obvious solution is to wear gloves to bed. But it would be really nice to get to the heart of the issue so I don’t have to worry about it at all. My mom says I need 1) massage, and 2) to get out of my unhappy living environment. I couldn’t agree more.

 

Last but not least I am going to Halifax this weekend! This means two things:

1. I am looking for three guest posts for those days. E-mail me at thegreatbalancingact@gmail.com if you’re interested, first come first serve!

2. Blogger meet-up!!! I’ve already been in contact with some wonderful Halifax ladies, and we’re planning on meeting for lunch on Sunday. If you want to join in on the Maritime bloggie fun, send me an e-mail! thegreatbalancingact@gmail.com :D

 

Question of the Day: How are you doing with you February goals? Fatty February? Let me know!

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Posted on February 8, 2010, in Fun, Workouts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.

  1. I like the idea of adding applesauce to overnight oats! The magnetic poetry is too funny too, I used to have alphabet letters when I lived on campus which were always amusing!

  2. I’m really looking forward to lunch at the Wooden Monkey!

  3. Regarding the Luna’s, it’s very possible they changed it. I know the bars in the US now say “New Recipe” but I haven’t tried them for myself.

    “My snack looks disgusting, which means it was really good” Hahah – food bloggers totally understand this! That cheese stick sounds really good though! What a great V-day gift!! Woohoo for more fats, regular sleeping patterns, AND a possible solution to your rash :)

  4. I had a Luna bar where the package said “New and improved” so they have changed something.

    What a cute secret valentine gift! :D I wonder who my person is….

    Regarding the rash, have you thought it could be a food allergy? It might be a possibility.

  5. That’s such a nice package! Yogi is my favorite brand of tea.
    It sounds like your well on your way to accomplishing all of your goals :D My fatty February is also a success thus far

  6. Yay for secret bloggie valentine!!! I bet those little magnets will provide lots of entertainment. ;)

  7. mmm Avocado! One of my favorite forms of fat! I had tons of guacamole today so I indulged in fatty february as well.

    I’m glad you got down to the bottom of your leg rash. Do you wear pants to bed? That might help the scratching subside. Hopefully the problem will be fixed soon!

  8. I agree on the massage front. You’ll feel amazing and your muscles need it from all the hard work you make them do :-)

  9. Since I have a list of pretty extensive and detailed New Year goals, I’m still working on them! But so far, I’m meeting most of them! :)

    Good for you to get your sleep pattern back to normal…that’s one goal I have NOT met yet!

  10. Ah I LOVE your romantic word magnets! I can’t wait to see the secret bloggie valentines revealed throughout all the blogs! LOL

    I’m glad to hear about your sleep improving. A good night’s rest makes all the difference for me.

    What are you going to Halifax for? Just vacation?
    Nicole G

    • My best friend from high school lives there and I haven’t seen her in over a year!! Our birthdays are close together, so I’m heading up this weekend to celebrate together and do lots of girly things :D

  11. kombucha tea in tea bag form? PLEASE let me know how this tastes! It’s got to be less expensive than drinking the $3.50 bottles I’ve been craving lately.

  12. Hee hee ‘she barked with pleasure…” what a crackup- you and your mom have a great sense of humor (humour!!).

    Your sammie looks amazing- so thick and full of goodness.

    Your sleep- I’m envious. LUCKILY I can fall asleep no problemo but I am the human alarm clock. i wake up at 5.30 every.single.day. At least for the past 2 weeks! :-/ Bizarro.

    Have fun in Halifax but I’m sure I’ll “see you” before then :-)

  13. girl i made your pb reese drop in cookies today and tweaked them just a little. totally won scott and skylar over, i didnt have one but they ate almost a dozen in a day :)

    and your bloggie gift. so awesome!!!!!!!!!

    and your leg situation, well at least you’ve gotten to the bottom of what’s going on, now just need to figure out what to do :)

  14. Ohhh I live in Halifax, but it’s Valentines day, and my bf and I are going to be away, otherwise I’d totally be all over it!
    Hopefully there will be another one soon!

  15. Hi babes! So glad to catch up with your blog! I’m so excited that you’re planning the move–that’s awesome! I was eager to see how you were doing with Fatty February, and it looks like you’re rocking it! I wish I could say the same. I’ve been doing better, but I’m usually at about one extra serving of fat a day which only translates to about 7-10 extra fat grams. Better than 0 though, huh? Miss you Susan! xoxo

    • An extra 7-10g is definitely better than nothing!! I think it’s going to take a while to get into the habit of including a healthy fat in each meal. I went through the same thing when I increased my protein and now it just comes naturally to me :)

  16. Those magnets look like fun! :)

    Strange about your legs because when I used to have my leg rash I’d scatch in my sleep til my legs bled. I also grind my teeth really bad and have to wear a sexy mouth guard to bed! lol!

    Good work on your goals. I did 3 days of exercise last week which is a start…

  17. What a cute valentines present! That reminds me.. I need to mail mine.. yikes!!

    And yay for fat!! I love it.. it fills me up way more than carbs!

  18. yayyyyy for sleep! soooo important!

    it seems like things are really going well for you, which makes me oh so happy. i am loving fattyfebruary (just ate lots of PB!), and loving all your eats per usual.

    have a fabulous day love :)

  19. Hey lovely lady! I’m just catching up but congrats on the Toronto news! That is so so exciting. Moving to a new city rocks and if you will already have a support network set up there then all the better! I’ve lived in four cities – two at home in the UK and two in the US!
    Glad your sleep has improved too – I went through a stage of insomnia at a stressful juncture in my life and once it started to pass I knew things were looking up!

  20. ahhh I just got back to town and wanted to send you a note!

    Did you like the Tiffany’s box as well?! I thought I was being so funny when I wrapped that up! I just got a box of Denman chocolate as well from the owner and will be doing a big giveaway once my tea giveaway goes out the door.

    Anyways, happy you got it, and love seeing it up here- I’m hoping for sexy magnet notes each day on your site- so great!

    And your mom is right, we’re all a bunch of lulumeon wearing hemp granola munchers out here- with chocolate!

  21. Yay! Is it the weekend yet? :)

    I love Denman Chocolate. It’s one of the things I look for when I go home (to Victoria) to visit.

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