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Cat’s Outta the Bag

Hello friends! I’m impressed so many of you workout at home! Some great exercise DVD suggestions in the comments section of the last post, ch-ch-check it out.

Today I left the comfort of my own home to work out. I wanted to run! It was –18 C without the windchill this morning (-1 F) so there was no way in hell that was happening outside.

I did my usual 5+ mile treadmill speed workout:

On a 1% incline:
2 min @ 3.2 mph
3 min @ 3.7 mph
5 min @ 5.6 mph
10 min of 1 min intervals alternating between 6.0 & 6.4 mph
10 min of 1 min intervals alternating between 6.2 & 6.6 mph
10 min of 1 min intervals alternating between 6.4 & 6.8 mph
10 min of 1 min intervals alternating between 6.6 & 7.0 mph
5 min @ 5.8 mph
3 min @ 3.7 mph
2 min @ 3.2 mph

Baddabing. Stellar sweat sesh in 60 minutes flat. One thing I love about this workout is that I gets my heart rate up really high and keeps it there for at least the last 15 minutes. I can get my heart rate to peak at 175 bpm doing HIIT, but I feel like I’m training the ticker when I get it up in the 170s and “comfortably” keep it there for an extended period.

Usually I come home after the gym to shower and eat before scooting off to work. But today I tried something different and went straight to work (showering at the gym).

I packed two homemade protein bars for breakfast. Normally I would pack a breakfast cookie, but that’s what these things essentially are.

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I loved this new routine! I got a solid 45 minutes extra sleep, and felt much less rushed. It was also nice to get to work a little early and leisurely eat breakfast before the madness of the workday begun.

Morning snack attack:

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McIntosh apple and two cheese strings. I don’t normally buy McIntosh, but they were on sale for $1/lb!! Sold!

Lunch:

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Yves veggie salami slices, marble cheese, mayo on bakery whole wheat bread (no more light bread- blech!) and a naval orange. Looks boring but it was mega tasty. What can I say, I’m a simple sandwich girl.

Afternoon munchables:

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Source vanilla yogurt muesli cup and a Kashi blackberry cereal bar. I don’t normally buy flavoured yogurts, but these cups are pretty handy and tasty to boot.

I have a ton of romaine and spinach at the moment, so I went for another salad for dinner. It was delicious.

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  • romaine
  • spinach
  • onion
  • carrot
  • mushrooms
  • green pepper
  • mandarin
  • leftover roast chicken
  • roasted almond pieces
  • black sesame seeds

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For the dressing, I shook up 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, 2 tsp sesame oil, 2 tsp Bragg’s, 1/2 tsp agave. I LOVED this salad. I tend to always make the same sort of salads at home. I need to branch out a little more. Salads can be fun!

So. The title of the post. I have had a few days to mull over things, and in order to continue moving forward, I feel like it’s time to let the cat out of the bag. You may recall that Saturday was an “off” day for me. I alluded to something major happening in my personal life. Well, Chris and I broke up.

Oof. That feels tough to say.

I’m obviously not going to go into the dirty details. Chris and I spent four wonderful years together. We “worked” together seamlessly for almost that entire period of time. But due to several non-scandalous reasons, it seems we’ll be better off apart than together.

Despite losing a dear friend, I am remaining positive about it. I have essentially spent no time as a single adult and I think it’s very important for me to do so. Especially in this period of my life. I remain excited about my current situation and opportunities for the future. I love my new job, am making new friends, pursuing my passions and reconnecting with my family. I am slowly starting to feel “full” again. This is a big deal, as just a few short months ago, I was feeling very “empty” indeed.

 

…and like any newly single lady should, I’ve already booked an appointment to get my hair cut and dyed :)

 

Well that’s that. Time for me to go do the work I brought home. I’m thinking of trying out Jillian Michael’s No More Trouble Zones dvd in the morning, so I’ll review it for ya tomorrow. Also, I want to talk about the whole Heidi Montag plastic surgery thing. I’ve got a rant brewing!

Don’t forget about my blogaversary giveaway!! You’ve got till Friday! I also never did a whole “review” post to celebrate my one year blogging anniversary, but if you’re curious about it, I did something similar just before the new year: http://thegreatbalancingact.com/2009/12/31/year-in-review-un-piece-de-resistance/

 

See ya tomorrow! We’re over the hump!

Blogging About Bloggers

Hello friends! Are a lot of you going back to work on Monday? I’m still at my mom’s place, but I drive back on Monday. Boo. Although, if I stay here, I may run out of pants that button up ;)

Started the day out fabulously with a run at a new women’s only gym in town. I was there waiting when they opened the doors at 8am! After all the HIIT yesterday, I was feeling a long and slow run, so that’s what I did :)

On 1% incline:
0:00-5:00 – 3.5 mph
5:00-10:00 – 5.6 mph
10:00-15:00 – 5.8 mph
15:00-20:00 – 6.0 mph
20:00-25:00 – 5.8 mph
25:00-30:00 – 6.0 mph
30:00-35:00 – 6.2 mph
35:00-40:00 – 6.0 mph
40:00-45:00 – 6.2 mph
45:00-50:00 – 6.4 mph
50:00-55:00 – 6.2 mph
55:00-60:00 – 6.4 mph
60:00-65:00 – 6.6 mph
65:00-70:00 – 3.5 mph

Covered about 10k in this and loved the interval pattern. Except, I was out of the line of fire for the air conditioning and was a downright sweaty mess. Felt like I was running in July again!

Came home and gobbled up dessert breakfast.

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A random packet of organic cinnamon instant oats I found in my mother’s pantry, mixed with yogurt, topped with crumbled whole grain crusted apple pie and PB. This was awesome. Some desserts were just meant to be crumbled atop oats ;)

Then my mom, sister Jane and I actually went to church! It’s been almost ten years since we’ve been to the small Anglican church we basically grew up in. We were feeling very nostalgic being back there today. Now that I will have proper weekends at my new job, I hope to make it to church more often in Fredericton!

Lunch was almost a repeat of Christmas dinner.

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I got lazy and just reheated a few of the dishes. Sweet Potato, Goat Cheese & Parmesan Galette, Brussel Sprouts with Bacon & Figs, turkey (the dark meat!), Chunky Cranberry Apple Sauce and stuffing that I didn’t end up eating.

Chris showed up this afternoon to spend my last night here with me. We spent the afternoon scouring used book stores with Jane. For dinner we hit up my favourite restaurant in Moncton – Calactus! (which you can also read about here, here, here, and here – I eat there a lot!

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It’s a local vegetarian/vegan restaurant full of delicious, natural ingredients.

Except this time, we had special guests – Angela from Oh She Glows!

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And her husband Eric. Both are in town visiting Angela’s Dad for the holidays. We’re from the same hometown and even went to the same high school!! We were in different years though and don’t remember each other. Funny how the two of us would both end up as food bloggers!

Chris got his usual – The Big Marc Burger.

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With a side “caesar” salad and homefries.

I tried a new dish this time – the Burrito.

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Omg. Soooo good. It had black beans, broccoli and other various veggies, smothered in cheese of course ;) The best part was actually the chapati bread they wrapped it in. Loved it!

And let me just say that Angela is a downright sweetheart! Just as lovely, smart and gorgeous as she comes across on her blog! Her and Eric were awesome to hang out with. I’m such a dork, I love being able to talk about food, exercise and blogging with other people who get it!

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Angela also gave me two new Glo Bars to try, which I obviously can’t wait to dig into ;)

Chris and I skipped on dessert as my mother was assembling a trifle just as we were leaving. I was excited to come home and try it!

 

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My mother’s too funny. She apologized for not putting whipped cream on top because she thought it’d be ugly for the blog. Whipped cream + custard + cake + strawberries is delicious no matter how you serve it.

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Best way to end the day is the same way you started it – with dessert!!

 

I think it may turn into a low-key evening around these parts. Chris and I are hitting up a spin class together in the a.m, and heading back to Fredericton at some point before dark. Really wish I could just stay here forever, but I can’t afford the new wardrobe :P I’ve savoured every piece of food I’ve eaten these past few days, but it’s time to go back to the real world and do some damage control! Time to introduce green vegetables back into my life ;)

 

Question of the Day: What food do you always crave after a few days out of your regular eating routine? When I come home from vacation, I’m always most excited for oatmeal, apples, pitas and salad. Standard eats that just always make me feel goood.

Christmas Through a Viewfinder

Merry Christmas!! I hope you all had a wonderful day :D I sure did – I got my baby!!

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A Canon EOS Rebel XS. Lovelovelove. (ps that’s one of my craft projects in the back – a painted ceramic beer mug I gave to my sis!)

Goodbye old Kodak Easy Share. You were a trooper, but it was time to go…

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Now get ready for a plethora of photos taken with my wonderful new camera today ;)

It was a glorious Christmas morning around these parts. I was the first one up because of that faithful body clock of mine. Had an egg + ham + cheese sammie on ezekiel bread while brewing a ginormous pot of coffee to lure the sleepy heads out of bed.

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My mom put together a gorgeous “Montreal” brunch for us. The star of the show was this GIANT hunk of smoked meat courtesy of Costco.

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Served with rye bread, swiss cheese, mustard and relish.

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Leftover meat pie and scrambled eggs (with cottage cheese – so good!)

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Baked beans…

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And tea! Special Twinnings “Lady Grey” tea my sister picked up in England. It’s got bergamot with orange and is so good.

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My plate…

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Definitely a protein-filled meal. We were joking about how us girls were all vegetarians at one point – and now we eat like this!!

After brunch, my mom and I got started on the next feast. My mom’s bird ready to go in the oven…

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I got started on Martha Stewart’s Chunky Apple Cranberry Sauce.

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It turned out awesome!! It’s a little on the tart side and yummmm-y. I highly recommend you put this one on file!

Then it was on to my first ever homemade pie.

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This was a Chef Michael Smith recipe (Yay At Home Chef in P.E.I.!) Whole Grain Crusted Pie with Maple Yogurt Topping.

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My mom and I agreed the crust might me a little too much on the top as well, so I added some butter and honey and crumbled it on top instead. It was a solid decision on our part ;)

Then it was time for the Sweet Potato, Parmesan & Goat Cheese Galette that Janetha made for her Thanksgiving feast. Sweet potato and goat cheese?? Yes please!!

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Everything my mom has is giant – even her sweet potatoes!!! I think it’s a Costco thing ;)

The galette was delicious, although, it could have used a little more time in the oven. Will make for good leftovers!

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Meanwhile, as I was puttering away in the kitchen, my family was having fun with my new camera…

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Cutest photo ever.

Okay, back to the food. My mom and I had all four burners going…

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What’s that I spy in the frying pan? Brussel sprouts, Bacon & Figs a la Agharad.

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Put bacon in anything and anyone will eat it ;)

My plate!

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Also featured is my mommy’s mashed potatoes, stuffing, carrots & turnip and gravy.

The requisite Christmas table photo!

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Looking at this, I realize we didn’t do paper hats this year. Sorry Ellie!

Then the wine started flowing..

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Which I didn’t partake in. I don’t like wine, but I’m also DD to take Nana home tonight.

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Once we’d digested enough room for even more food, I pulled out the pie!

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My piece, with the maple yogurt topping. 

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I was scared the crust wasn’t going to work – but it was really good! It turned out quite soft. And the topping was deeelicious.

Paired with more of the Queen’s tea ;)

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Now my family is talking about Glee :)  

I’m with Archie…

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Sister Sara and I are doing treadmill and weight lifting tomorrow. She tried to get me running in the snow, but I’m not hardcore enough. Instead, I’m putting her through one of my weight routines ;)

Loved hearing everyone’s favourite foods from yesterday! So many fun and interesting things. I polled my family, and here’s what their food highlights from today were..

Jane – Pie, smoked meat

Sara – Stuffing with cranberry sauce on top

Nana – The tea

Mom – Sweet potato galette

Me – Turkey with cranberry sauce

Mark is unavailable for comment. I think he’s passed out in his “man cave” :P

 

Hope you all had a wonderful, fun, relaxing and delicious holiday!!! xoxo

Question of the Day: Spill it. What did ya get for Christmas?? Besides my camera I got lots o’ cold hard cash ;)

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