Monthly Archives: September 2010

Things I Learned In September

I shouldn’t have waited so long to try banana soft serve. It really does taste just like banana ice cream.

“Do what you love and you’ll never work another day in your life.” Something my mom told me when I quit my radio job. Something I only just learned can actually happen. Even with the crazy hours, my job never feels like work to me.

I really, really just can’t get into buffalo wings. I tried!

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Calories burned during a workout shouldn’t matter if I’m not counting calories to begin with. Ditching my gadgets and going zen has shifted the way I look at fitness while increasing my enjoyment of it.

Moving to Toronto was the best decision I’ve ever made, even if it was also the scariest.


Image courtesy Morgan @ Life After Bagels

I don’t have to be embarrassed by the label “blogger.” Especially when there are so many opportunities that come with it.

Jager bombs do not give you the ability to defy gravity.

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It’s not about the quantity of sleep I’m getting, but the quality. What’s the point in obsessing over getting 8 hours every night when they’re of poor quality?

Vegemite is really good on toast with butter. Those Aussies are onto something!

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After my Nutrition & Wellness Course, I’d like to go on and do my group instructor training.

I am really happy spending time all by myself. Which makes it imperative that I take the initiative to socialize with other people sometimes too. 

My only long-term life goal is to have a dog and a yard it can run in. Preferably with a house attached.

When all else fails, there’s always curry.

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As much as I pretend to be a grown up, I still don’t have that many responsibilities. I need to take advantage of this more often.

 

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

An Ode To Oatmeal

I am a cruel blogger, I know. Every Wednesday, I share delicious looking waffles with you knowing that many of you can’t make them yourselves. There is a shortage of waffle makers in kitchens across the globe. Where is the government lobby for this??

So this week, I am sharing another delicious breakfast that you can make at home! All you need is a microwave or a pot, a love for carbohydrates, and a little creativity ;)

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My friends, today we are talking oatmeal. The following is an assortment of some of my most notable bowls to date. There is a vast array of combos you can do and I hope these only ignite ideas of your own! Be forewarned – I need protein in my oats to satisfy my belly.

As a side note, the above photo seems other-worldly to me. That majestic river and greenery used to be the view out my window in New Brunswick. Now I step out the door and am assaulted by noise and traffic. Ahhhh, city livin’ ;)

Onward to the hot creamy carbfest!

Birthday Oats

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  • 1 packet multi grain instant oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 sliced banana
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • mini marshmallows
  • sprinkles!!

I ate these on my birthday, hence the name ;)

Custard Oats

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Oatmeal with a whole egg cooked in. Read the step by step guide here!

Candy Oats

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M&Ms, peanut butter, coconut. Mini Eggs also welcome!

PB&J Oats

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  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla whey powder
  • cinnamon
  • peanut butter
  • blackberry jam
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    As a nod to the PB&J sandwich, I like to sandwich half the toppings in the middle.

    Savoury Oats

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    • 1/2 cup rolled oats
    • 1 cup water
    • pinch salt
    • 1 tsp Earth Balance
    • 1 breakfast sausage,sliced and stirred into oats
    • 1 fried egg
    • lotsa saaaahlsa

    Don’t Try This At Home Oats

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    When attempting to make steel cut oats overnight in your ginormous slow-cooker, I suggest making a LARGE batch. Smaller bathes apparently just get crusty. Unless you want oat crackers.

    Sweet n’ Salty Oats

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    Rolled oats cooked on the stove top with water and protein powder, then topped with chocolate chips, peanut butter and pretzels.

    Oat Bran

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    A much creamier version of oatmeal and quick cooking!

    Fluffernutter Oats

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    Marshamallow fluff + peanut butter. Or in this case, made better with chocolate peanut butter.

    Oats Topped With Oats

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    Creamy custard oats topped with crunchy granola and molasses. In this case, Beek’s coconut chia granola.

    Frosted Oats

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    Instant oats zapped with water and frozen berries, topped with a sweet vanilla yogurt.

    Mocha Oats

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    • 2/3 cup oat bran
    • 2 1/2 cups water
    • 2/3 scoop chocolate whey powder
    • 1 package Via instant coffee
    • chocolate chips
    • roasted almonds
    • coconut

    Reduces morning sweats that may occur when attempting to eat hot oatmeal and drink hot coffee at the same time.

    Scottish Oatmeal

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    Like a finer cut and faster cooking steel-cut oatmeal. This is Bob’s Red Mill.

    Oats In A Jar

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    If you hate the hard bottom part of a nut butter jar like me, this solves your problem. Pouring hot oatmeal into a glass jar melts it and mixes it in!

    Oatmeal & Yogurt Parfait

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    Top oatmeal with fresh or frozen fruit.

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    Add yogurt, cereal, nuts or nut butter.

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    Dig in to the layers!

    Cream of Wheat

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    Okay, technically not oatmeal but a wonderful hot breakfast packed full of iron!

    Welcome to autumn bloggie friends! It may not be waffles, but I hope you get to enjoy some warm breakfasts this week :)

    Question of the Day: What’s your favourite way to eat oatmeal? I like it custard-style with rolled oats, cashew butter, maple syrup, dates and coconut!

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    Going Zen

    I’ve recently made a huge change to the way I work out. Something some people do regularly, something other people couldn’t imagine doing.

    As my new boss at the running store put it – I’ve gone “zen.”

    In other words – I’ve gone gadget free.

    I went through a bit of a crisis when I moved to Toronto. I put on a few extra pounds from travelling and moving. Having previously lost 30 lbs, I know what it takes to lose weight. All I needed to do was track the calories I ate and burned to keep them at a reasonable level. Easy enough, right?

    Not anymore.

    When I did it the first time around, tracking calories was fascinating. I had no clue what was in the foods I ate until I started doing it. It kept me on track, motivated me, gave me goals to work towards.

    But to be honest, I’m kind of sick of being haunted and driven by numbers. How many miles I’m running, how many reps I’m doing, how many calories I’m burning, how many days I worked out this week.

    I’m at the point in my healthy living journey where I just want to be. Even more I just want to be normal.

    My relationship with food has changed immensely since I began losing weight. I now know that I can’t eat a plate of nachos chased down with a litre of beer several times a week and get away with it. I know it’s better to have more veggies on my plate, and that asking for dressing on the side really does make a difference. I don’t need to track every calorie to be reminded of these things, nor do I need the numbers to inflict guilt on me when I do decide to indulge.

    I used to divide my food into a certain number of calories and tally them up in my head. Meals were “x” amount while snacks were always at “y.” Now I eat depending on my hunger levels. If I’m starving at lunch, I eat my meal and afternoon snack. Lo and behold, I’ll be so satisfied I won’t need to eat until suppertime anyways. Funny how that works out when I listen to my hunger cues.

    The same goes with exercise. Being a personal trainer, fitness is now my LIFE. I’m in the gym all day and there is no excusing workouts. I find myself doing exercises not only for me, but also with my clients in mind.

    Meanwhile, I’m head over heels for yoga and working at the running store has ignited my love for running once again. It’s not about squeezing in a certain number of workouts a week – but just getting them in when I can. I know I’ll never fall off track, so skipping a couple days here and there won’t send me into the same spiral of panic it used to.

    Ditching my gadgets has been a huge learning process for me. Not knowing or caring about how many calories I burn in a workout has made my lifting sessions better because I’m not anxious about keeping my heart racing the whole time. Running has become so much more enjoyable now that I’m not beating myself up about my slow pace. I don’t even know my pace. I just go :)

    It’s amazing how such a simple change has changed my quality of life. For the first time ever, I feel like a normal healthy person. Eating delicious, nutritious food and being active regularly. Without all the numerical hang-ups. Without a hidden agenda. Who knows if I’ll ever lose my Toronto weight. But for the first time ever I’m making choices based on lifestyle and not aesthetic. Being happy and healthy goes way beyond food and exercise. Now that I’m not putting so much mental energy into those two things, I feel like I’ve really been able to open up in other areas of my life.

    So yes, I’ve ditched my gadgets. That’s not to say I’m against them (in fact, I support them in this post). But for me, right now, at this time in my life, I am all about the zen.

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