Monthly Archives: May 2010

Things I Learned the Month I Moved Back Home

I could comfortably live at home with my mom for the rest of my life. This is why it’s imperative that I move out.

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They should lower the retirement age to 24.

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Experimenting with my diet is still a good thing. I now know dairy does not adversely affect my body.

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Sometimes it doesn’t take a grandiose action to make a difference. Just being there is often enough.

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Don’t let your mother pick up men’s phone numbers for you.

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Dairy-free (ish) Protein Pancakes are better than Bisquick.

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I was silly to think I’d stop hearing sad stories once I left my job as a reporter.

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Wear a seatbelt.

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HEAB’s Maple Nut Oaties are not a cookie. They are little nuggets of happiness.

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Manual white balance has changed the way I photograph.

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Blue chips > yellow chips.

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I’m a dog person.

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My mom puts crack in her food. It’s the only way to explain why her chili, spaghetti, pie, etc are the best in the world.

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Of all the exercises in the world, lifting weights is my favourite.

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I have an insatiable sweet tooth. Instead of denying it, I need to just manage it.

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I like to shop alone.

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Jugo Juice won’t do snack-sized protein smoothies, but they will add a scoop of whey to a Snackin’ Wacky Watermelon.

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It’s time to get a job when your day is defined by what talk show is on.

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Hummus or bean dip makes a fantastic sauce for a pepperoni pita pizza.

Blogging has become part of my livelihood. No matter where I am or what I’m doing, I can still come on here to write it all out, and have a group of friends here to support me :)

 

Question of the Day: What did you learn in May?

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Hellohello! Just finished watching a movie featuring this man:

Cary Grant in Charade. Much more dapper and debonair than this man I just watched in Up in the Air.

However, neither are as ruggedly handsome as this man:

Sigh.

Where were we??

Ohyes. I’m here to ramble about food.

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I had to bring oatmeal back into my life this morning. An empty jar of nut butter demands it.

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I previously pretty much scraped this puppy clean, so I added a little dollop of peanut butter and nutella on top for good measure.

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And then I reeeeeally scraped it clean.

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This image always entertains me. It looks like I ate a whole jar of almond butter with a spoon.

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Not that I’m above that or anything ;)

Just so we’re clear, I’m not off the bacon yet either.

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Someone *coughmymothercough* enjoyed themselves a little too much at a beer festival last night. She woke up craving a bacon sandwich, which in turn filled the house with the aroma of bacon. It’s a smell that can’t be denied once unleashed. I went straight to the bacon stash when doing up my lunch, adding an egg, mayo, tomato and lettuce between two pieces of ezekiel bread. Heaven.

I traded in my lifting workout today for a long walk with the dog. My body wasn’t too keen on yet another day of intense exercise, and the sunshine looked pretty darn inviting. Archie and I were out for about 45 minutes. He did really well this time, but still collapsed once we got home.

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You’d think I had a death wish for this poodle. But I swear, it’s for his own good!

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I was quite chipper after the walk. I’ve taken to listening to podcasts while on these jaunts. Today’s was Jillian Michaels’ show of course. She was talking about NEAT.

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For the record, the poodle is alive. He’s sleeping at my feet, twitching from puppy dreams :)

Made my new favourite snack again this afternoon!

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5 tbsp soy protein powder + 2 tbsp hot chocolate mix + 1 tbsp coconut.

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Mixed up with almond milk until everything is dissolved.

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It’s like ice cream, but better. Which is easy for me to say, because I don’t like ice cream ;)

Supper was a… you guessed it! Big salad!

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The family went over to the step-grandparent’s place for Chinese food. The thought of it made my stomach turn, so I opted to stay home and eat salad while watching Gossip Girl.

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It was a good choice. Have you seen the season finale!?!? Holy dramz. The dressing for this salad is White Bean & Grilled Red Pepper dip. Protein is tofu, base is kale and romaine and the “fun” is shredded swiss cheese. Solid.

 

Final May Goal Check-In:

Fitness
Strength train three times a week, with a focus in muscular power.
I only got two lifting workouts in this week. But the hard labour I did at the cottage counts for something… Right??
Run twice a week, increasing my mileage by 10% each week. Yay! I ran twice this week and my foot is pain-free! I did 2 miles on the treadmill then 6 miles outdoors.

Food
Stop buying dairy, eating it only when out or when it’s “a must.” The only dairy I had this week (as in previous weeks) was one serving of hard cheese a day. I really like it on top of my salads, and I wasn’t ready to give that up.
Stay away from refined sugars, again eating only for special occasions. Failfailfail. Did you see that Nutella up there? I think this may make for a better short-term goal like Lori did. Doing this for a whole month is a long time for me.

Blog
Add and organize content, new recipes, workouts, and revised pages and categories.
Hmm… I haven’t done anything new to the blog since I checked in last! Boo.

Life
Improve my organization. Make lists, finish them, know what needs to be done, when.
I organized my belongings and travel plans this past week, so that’s a plus. I still have a lot to do though.
Spend time with my family. Happy to not just be hanging out with my family, but my step-families as well (I have one on each side – including five step siblings!)
Enjoy and soak up every single minute. Now that my departure date is getting closer, it’s becoming harder not to get ahead of myself. So long as I have everything in place, whatever will happen in the future will happen. I need to enjoy right now :)

 

Overall, I feel pretty good about this month’s goals. I don’t think I hit both of my fitness ones in one week. But I was doing other activities instead, which is better than nothing.

As for my food goals, I will not be continuing them. I will keep an eye on my refined sugar, but I’m just not at a point right no where I can experiment by cutting it out completely. I fully expect to eat desserts when I go to Banff next week. I also didn’t notice a huge difference without dairy. I think I may allow one serving of yogurt or cottage cheese a day on top of the hard cheese. So two servings of dairy a day. My tummy will be able to handle that. I think it was the 5 servings I was having before that was the problem.

There will definitely be a few more blog updates before I start travelling. I also really enjoyed paying attention to my life goals this month. So many moments are now etched in my memory because I took a second to be still and absorb them. Bliss :)

 

Questions of the Day:

1. How did you make out on your goals for this month?

2. Who’s your Hollywood crush? Robert Redford circa 1973-1976. Yes, I have eras for my crushes.

Hometown Runner

Mmmm… can you smell the bacon??

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Damn, no wonder I wake up starving every morning. My belly is already awake in anticipation for the goodness that’s about to enter it.

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Breakfast was ready in 5 minutes flat. Egg + bacon + laughing cow + ezekiel.

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Citrus on the side as always. Why have orange juice, when you can just have a juicy orange ;)

Breakfast needed to be quick, so I could digest sooner. It was shaping up to be a hot day and I wanted to get a long run in before it got too unbearable. I’m a bit of a goldilocks when it comes to running outdoors – the climate has got to be juuuuust right ;)

I decided to test out my new and improved mummified foot by re-introducing the long run. I’m working on building up my mileage over the summer months, and this week’s was a 6-miler.

One of the challenges of moving back to my mom’s place has been finding decent running routes. There are a couple lakes that I can loop around, but both loops are short, thus better suited for shorter runs.

My mom and Mark told me the city improved on their waterfront trail. Waterfront trails are my favourite running routes ever. The surface is agreeable for my body, the view is fantastic, and the people are always friendly. My favourite trail in Fredericton ran along the St. John River. I took that trail for every single outdoor run, and loved it more with each outing.

So not surprisingly, I got quite excited by the idea of finding my very own riverfront trail here in Moncton. Now, those of you who know the area are probably beginning to clue in to what I’m getting at here, because there is a glaring difference between the two rivers. Fredericton’s St. John River is beautiful. Moncton’s Petitcodiac most definitely is not.

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It’s a pile of mud. With flocks of seagulls. When the tide is out, it smells like sewer and boiled eggs. Oh yes, and see that little hill on the left? That’s where much of the trail is. Looks like a nice mound of grass, doesn’t it? It’s a landfill.

So no, my run wasn’t as beautiful as Fredericton, nor was it as pleasant to the olfactory. BUT, it is still the best trail I’ve found in Moncton so far. And I guess the landfill provides some fun challenging hills. Actually, it was a pretty darn good run :)

I made it back home just as the sun was starting to beat down on me. I immediately refuelled with half a bunch of grapes.

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Other half was consumed for my pre-run sugar ;)

Gave my muscles an extra good stretch and iced all my hot spots (ie trouble areas).

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Then sat back with an article on Bieber Fever.

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It was actually a really good article on how his management team used a new internet marketing model. I didn’t know he sold “mini albums” online. Neat-o.

Eventually, The Hunger kicked in and I had to get up to make a meal.

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A pita stuffed with sautéed tofu, red pepper, onion, mushrooms and kale.

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Carrots + salsa!

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Hit. The. Spot. So good. So filling.

I used a new-to-me pita bread for the sandwich. I was quite excited to discover it at the Superstore!

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It’s made in Halifax, but what really got me is that it’s only 80 calories!

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Mind you, it is a very thin pita, but I much prefer it that way.

I also tried out a new dip on the pita.

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It’s no hummus, but I love red pepper anything.

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Despite being thin, the pita bread held up perfectly. Sticking it in the microwave for a few seconds keeps it from tearing when you assemble it.

I played chauffeur to my mom and Mark all afternoon. Isn’t it supposed to be the other way around? Snacked on a couple Maple Nut Oaties.

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I also stopped by a new cafe in town called Cafe Codiac. I was very excited to check it out as the building used to be a liquor store, and I wanted to see what they did with the place!

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Got a soy sugar-free vanilla iced latte. Verrrry tasty. I will have to go back with my camera, they had a vegepate sandwich I was was eying. If I was staying in Moncton, I would 100% apply for a job there. I was at one point a career barista afterall ;)

I also got roped into going over to my mom’s friend’s place on a whim. She told me there would be free chicken burgers. Who am I to turn that down?

Just finished off my evening with my new favourite protein snack.

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Hmm. Doesn’t look very appetizing, does it? I thought the image looked a little yellow-ish. Then I remembered I can change the white balance on my camera.

I watched this video, and figured out how to do it.

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Et voila!! C’est magique!

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Neat, eh? I think I will keep manually adjusting the white balance, I’m almost embarrassed that I wasn’t already!

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Ohyes, and the snack! It’s 5 tbsp unflavoured soy protein powder, 2 tbsp hot chocolate mix, 1 tbsp flaked coconut and enough almond milk to dissolve everything. The soy protein powder has a completely different texture than that of whey powder. It’s very fine like flour and puffs up instead of getting gooey. Instead of being like a protein pudding, it was like a protein mousse cake!

 

Now I am off to finish up this fine Saturday by catching up on Gossip Girl. My step-sister says the season finale was shocking, and I have to know what happened! See ya tomorrow for a final goal check-in!!

 

Question of the Day: What is your favourite thing about your hometown? Your least favourite? I actually grew up in a smaller town across that muddy river. My favourite part is that everyone knows everyone. My least favourite part is that everyone knows everyone!! :P

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