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Well, I failed on getting that 8 hours sleep I promised. My rumbling tummy had me up at 6am. Once I awake to a growling stomach, there is no falling back asleep.

So I whipped up a morning feast to quiet my tummy beast.

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French toast! I dredged two pieces whole grain bread in 1/2 cup egg whites and cinnamon. I dipped them in my favourite mix of fake syrup and almond butter. And a little citrus on the side for good measure ;) Awesome! Totally makes up for my last failed attempt at french toast. I used Sobeys bakery bread too, which is one of my favourites!

I told myself last night that I’d make the call on going to step class based on how I was feeling this morning. I wasn’t really feeling my last step class and I didn’t want to force myself through another one if I wasn’t into it. However, I decided to approach it a little differently today. Instead of lugging myself down there and just going through the motions, I convinced myself it was going to be a good workout.

So as I drank my coffee and let my breakfast digest, I started getting myself pumped up. I got to class early, picked out a prime location, while smiling at my fellow class goers. The second the instructor blasted the music, I was in it. No dragging necessary. I hopped, skipped, jumped, and even shook my booty a little. I tried more complicated versions of the moves, and made sure to jump extra high when I could. It was awesome.

Point of the story is, sometimes all it takes is a little positive thinking. A workout is what we make it. If you’re groaning about getting through a run after work, or having to be up at 5am to sneak in that pump class, just try to tackle it with a positive attitude. Not only will you have more fun (gasp! enjoy a workout!? :P ) but the extra effort you put in will pay off physically as well :)

I came home drenched in sweat, with a stupid grin on my face, and whipped up my new favourite Amazing Grass smoothie.

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  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond breeze
  • 2 scoops plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1/2 a banana
  • 1 scoop Chocolate Amazing Meal
  • handful ice cubes

This stuff has seriously grown on me!! I still can’t get over how filling it is. I’m convinced it’s the 6g of fibre in one scoop. Someday I’m going to get the guts to add more banana and a scoop of almond butter and see how it fares as a meal. Maybe ;)

So I did something borderline embarrassing today – I applied and two Starbucks locations I used to work at! I told them I’m just looking for a couple shifts a week through the holidays. I’m finished at my full-time job Dec. 6, so it would be nice to have something to get me through until I find a new job. I’m not too sure either place will hire me back. My old roommate is in charge at one location, and we did not end on good terms. The other place is now run by a guy who was acting manager at a Starbucks until they offered the position to me. Drama, I know. I’m convinced Starbucks implants chips in our brains so none of us can ever leave :P

I tried my best to coast through the mall without getting pulled into sales. But I’m weak. And this coat was just too cute.

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Hi!!! I regret nothing. One has to be fashionable when begging for jobs.

Oh, and those chocolate protein muffins I made?

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They were a no-go. I should have stuck to Seth’s original recipe. Way too hard and dry. And the protein powder gave them a funky taste. Thankfully, Emily gave me the excellent idea to make bread pudding with the remaining muffins. Genius!

Yogurt however, is a delicious vehicle for chocolate protein powder. I am officially obsessed with this combo.

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I purposely don’t mix it thoroughly so I get chunks of chocolate-y protein powder. Yeah, I love the taste of it :)

That’s it for me today! I’m working all evenings this week. In a way it’s a nice change of pace to have my mornings off. I get to catch up with all my favourite daytime TV personalities :)

 

Question of the Day: What are some jobs you’ve held in the past? Favourites? Any disasters? I’ve spent the majority of my working life as a barista or reporter. But my first job was as a cashier at Zellers when I was 16. I suppose my most notable job was hosting a cable news show here in town. I don’t think I’m cut out for television though. My TV boss told me I had hair for radio :P

Old Susan, Meet New Susan

Wow, I’m actually surprised so many of you are bakers! Averie gave me the idea that maybe I am good at baking, but they may just have to be raw goodies ;) No heat = no problem.

After spending so long in the kitchen yesterday, I didn’t feel like preparing complicated food for work this morning. Let’s welcome back egg white pillows shall we?

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Been a while! I think I accidentally threw out the little containers I made these in when I moved. So I had to microwave them in a giant container then hack them up to fit on the english muffin (with laughing cow cheese). Some unpictured yogurt went with this.

Lunch was a new product experiment for me: Yves Roast without the Beef slices.

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On whole grain bread with some swiss cheese, mayo and mustard. Now that I know what roast beef tastes like again, I can confidently say they tasted nothing like it. Still good though! I like the spices Yves uses in their products, more so than Tofurkey.

Remember summertime when melons were cheap, plentiful, ripe and juicy?

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Sigh. I think I just need to move on and accept these may have to wait till next year…

The cantaloupe & cottage cheese did make a good pre-run snack though! It was supposed to be sunny and 12 C (54 F) today. But come 2pm, it was 6 C (43 F) and overcast. I knew it wasn’t going to get any nicer, so I just sucked it up and went out.

There are three conditions I do not like to run in: cold, rainy and windy. I’ll do just one of these, ie I don’t mind the cold if the sun is shining, or the rain so long as it’s warm. But put two, or worse, all three together, and I won’t do it. I’ll resort to the treadmill in my climate controlled gym.

Anyways, 6 C isn’t that bad of a temperature, but it felt extra cold without the sun shining! Even my feet were cold! It took me a reeeeally long time to warm up, and I just felt like I couldn’t get up to my usual speed. My heart rate remained low, and I could feel myself tensing up from the chill.

There are definitely a few cold-weather running items I still need to pick up. Namely, long pants, a vest, and a headband. Maybe those will help, especially on the overcast days. I plan to run outside so long as there’s no ice on the ground!

Oh yes, and I did 45 minutes. Probably 4.5-ish miles give or take a little. Despite the cold, it was quite enjoyable. Lots of friendly people on the trail today :)

Regardless of my chill, I refuelled with a cold smoothie when I got home.

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  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 a banana
  • 1 scoop Chocolate Amazing Meal
  • handful ice cubes

As if the cold drink wasn’t enough, I paired it with some ice.

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Icing after runs changed. my. life. When I started running again after my hip injury, I was constantly nagged by ankle, knee and hip pains. I got really frustrated and convinced I was just not cut out to be a runner. Then I discovered that icing virtually removes all lingering pain for me. Even after a 4-mile run, I apply ice immediately after stretching, for about 15 minutes on each “trouble spot.” It makes a world of difference! For me, it’s the difference between not feeling 8 miles later in the day, and hobbling around for the three days following.

And yes, even my running socks don’t match. Another lifesaver for me are running socks. Not so much for how they deal with sweatiness, but for the cushioning. The extra padding on the bottom helps a lot with any ankle pain as well.

For dinner, I made my “beefy man chili” a little more green.

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I love hot/cold salad combos! Anything tastes delicious on a bed of spinach :)

  • spinach
  • tomato
  • mushrooms
  • green pepper
  • carrot
  • leftover chili
  • salsa
  • chopped up cheese string (Cheestring Ficello, the good kind)

One thing about being back on The Daily Plate tracking calories again, is that I’ve been looking back on what I was doing this time last year when I was religiously tracking every day. I didn’t start blogging until January ‘09, but I was writing online diary entries on the website starting in July ‘08.

As I was running my four miles today, it was hard to feel bummed about being sluggish. I still had this recent entry from November 11, 2008 on my mind:

I ran four miles today!!! All on my own, no part of a program or anything. I just hopped on the treadmill feeling good and decided I was going to run an extra mile today. And I did it!! So my usual 30 minute run turned into a 40 minute run. I bet I could have done 5 miles if I really pushed myself, but I’ll save that for another day. I think I may increase my usual 30 minutes to 35 minutes, and try to go further on days like today.
Anyways, I just had to celebrate my small accomplishment. Just made reservations for dinner tonight :)

I recall finishing the Couch to 5k program sometime in October of last year. I’d started by doing it outside, but quickly moved to the treadmill the second it got remotely cold. Running even 30 minutes straight on the treadmill was a big deal for me at the time, so doing 40 was like a may-jah accomplishment.

As I was running down the trail today, I was thinking back to me this time last year. I would have never believed that 1) I’d be doing 4 miles as a “short run,” outside, in the middle of November and 2) I’d have two 5k’s, a 10k, a triathlon and a whole weight lifting program under my belt.

This is a technique I often use when I’m having a sub-par workout. Sure, I may not be performing to my usual standard, but in the grand scheme of things, just being able to do anything is still an amazing accomplishment. For example, I know I may whine about how much strength I’ve lost recently. But I’ll never forget that this time last year, I could barely squat a set with a 10 lb body bar. Now I can heave 60 lbs on my back no problem, despite it being down from 80 lbs several months ago. 60 lbs is still something to be proud of!

 

Question of the day: What is one thing you do today that you could never imagine yourself doing a year ago? There’s also no way I would have believed I’d be eating red meat again (and using beef in my chili!).

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