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I’m not dead! Just dyed.

Good morning! I’d apologize for not posting last night, but to be honest, I’m not that sorry! :P I was feeling c-to-the-rappy yesterday and didn’t want to spread my sickness through blogging.

My sore throat has progressed to a cough, and I got a solid 8 hours of sleep last night (a rare occurrence for me). So things are at least looking up this a.m. I am currently fisting a giant mug of coffee and sporting my new hair colour :)

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A little less red than I’ve been wearing lately, but no doubt will fade into a red shade anyways. And yes, I do not exaggerate when I say a giant mug of coffee. You can tell my wrist is working hard to hold it up in that picture. 

Yesterday was very uneventful. I had to be at work earlier than the usual 5am. I was starving by the time I got to my breakfast cookie.

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Same mix as last weekend. It’s amazing how long a bag of M&Ms can last when you only eat a few at a time! “Old Susan” would have polished those bad boys off a long time ago… “New Susan” is enjoying savouring them :)

I was very excited to try out a new bar as my snack. For the longest time, we’ve only been able to get the Kashi chewy bars in Canada, but the cereal bars have made their way here!!!

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At 120 calories, they’re pretty dinky. Not to mention only 2g of fibre and protein each.

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I’m not the biggest fan of cereal bars actually, but I thought this was still pretty decent. However, I ate it with a cheese string, and my tummy was growling 90 minutes later. So it doesn’t make for a very sustainable snack.

I dug into my lunch mega early. Thankfully, it was also mega filling and delicious :)

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Salami, laughing cow, tomato, field greens, mustard on whole wheat bread. The salami is from the market. I was really excited to find it from a safe and healthy source, as the packaged salami in grocery stores is super sketchy. I’m learning that my city’s market is not always the greatest for deals on produce – but it’s awesome for fresh meat!

I also munched on edamame.

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I find these single-serving packages of edamame in the freezer section of my grocery store. They’re great for packed lunches!

I was a hungry hungry hippo yesterday. A lot of snackage happened that went unphotographed. When I finally broke for dinner, I figured it was time for more kitchen clearing.

I rescued a box of Casbah falafel mix from my very top shelf.

(Recycled photo). I’ve tried many times to make falafel from scratch – but this mix still makes the best kind! Not the best ingredients compared to what I could make at home though. Just add water to the mix, shape into little patties, and bake till hard :)

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Falafel salad.

  • 6 falafel patties
  • hummus
  • tabbouleh
  • tomatoes
  • red pepper
  • onions
  • field greens

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Yum! I love me some falafel :) Although, I think this would have been better in a pita… with tzatzkiki…

I spent my evening watching Glee. I’ve been hearing a lot of people talk about this show, but I haven’t caught it on Canadian TV yet, so I downloaded the episodes I’ve missed. So good! Chris stopped by and proceeded to make fun of me for watching it though :P

More snackage occurred, including another kashi bar. This time seven whole grain and almond kicked up a notch with some almond butter.

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Divine :) I definitely snacked more than I like to yesterday, but I also felt legitimately hungry at times. I just don’t have it in me to not eat when I’m hungry. I was also awake for 20 hours… which I guess gave me plenty opportunity to eat!

I started my morning off today on the right foot with a delicious bowl of savoury oats.

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  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp Earth Balance spread
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 1 breakfast sausage
  • 1 soft-fried egg
  • salsa

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Have you tried savoury oats yet?? If not, what are you waiting for!? I think nothing tastes better with soft egg yolks than a creamy spoonful of oats. Yummmmm…

 

In other news, today is my third rest day in a row. You may recall that I hurt my hip at the gym on Friday, so I took the weekend off all activity. It actually feels pretty good today, but I feel like it’s better to be safe than sorry in cases like these. I much rather take a week off exercise at the first sign of injury, than push it and have to take months off down the road to heal a more serious injury.

I think I need the rest anyways, for the first time in a while, I don’t have an inkling to exercise. I just want to work on getting my hip better, and getting rid of my cold. Then I’ll be able to give it my all when I get back to it :)

I also probably won’t be posting again tonight. I’ve got a 10-11 hour work day ahead of me and I just don’t think I’ll have the energy. I’ll be back Tuesday! Have a great start to your week!!

Question of the day: Do you dye your hair? What colours? I’ve had every colour of the rainbow – including pink, purple, blue, green, orange and fire-engine red :)

Food Rules

Happy Hump Day friends! Unless you’re reading this on a day other than Wednesday. Than I guess happy __day :P

So happy I took a rest day yesterday, because I was rarin’ do go for spin class this morning. It was so much fun!! I’ve been dragging during my past few early morning workouts. This morning, I went back to guzzling an iced coffee before heading out the door (after being too lazy to do it these past few times!). I think that, plus being well rested, led to one stellar hour of spinning :)

Of course, the best part about hump day is that it’s also Waffle Wednesday! Pretty sure everyday is Waffle Wednesday at my place, but it’s nice to celebrate regardless :)

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My usual waffle + almond butter + yogurt + berries combo. Except today, I french toasted the waffles.

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For the waffles, I just zapped a couple frozen ones in the microwave, soaked them in egg whites and pumpkin pie spice and cooked in a frying pan. Holy delish! Dare I say Wednesday is my favourite day of the week? :P

Work was kind of eventful today. I got to witness a mock plane crash at our airport. Except it also involved me standing in the freezing cold for over two hours. Literally, it was around freezing. Brr! I’m still not back to my usual temperature!

I’m still a starvin’ marvin today. I ended up eating a super early dinner.

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Chicken breast sandwich. George Forman-ed a chicken breast in Montreal chicken spice, and added it to a bun with laughing cow cheese, tomato and grilled onions and red pepper.

Plus edamame

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So fun to eat edamame in the shell!

Dessert was an example of why winter sucks for taking food photos…

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A chopped pear, tossed in pumpkin pie spice and cooked in the microwave till soft. Topped with whipped cottage cheese blended with stevia, more spice and coconut.

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Ohmygosh!! How come no one ever told me whipped cottage cheese is so freakin good!!!? I just creamed it with my hand blender, and it immediately turned into this thick and delicious treat. True love!

 

Food Rules

I stumbled across this New York Times feature (can you tell what I do when bored at work?) on reader submitted food rules. All were pretty good, but I saw some favourites I had to share!

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I thought it would be fun to share some of my own personal food rules:

  • Eat what you’re craving. Sometimes I crave a big crunchy salad, sometimes it’s something rich and chocolate-y. Either way, so long as it’s an acceptable serving size, and fits into a varied and balanced diet – I eat it!
  • Never get caught starving. Always have back-up snacks on your person! A growling belly will sometimes lead to bad food choices, and is always followed by a yucky feeling.
  • Don’t snack when you need a meal. When I’m hungry, I eat. Sometimes I’m super hungry come 11am. Instead of putting lunch off with a dinky snack, I eat a real meal and feel satisfied for much longer.
  • Start with your protein. Like most people, my mind is very carb-centric. In order to not eat meals consisting of toast and oatmeal, I always start with my protein when meal planning. Tonight for example, I first decided I was going to eat a chicken breast, then went from there.
  • Every meal is a new chance. We’re all human, and sometimes we all splurge more than we mean to. Instead of wallowing in the fact that I ate too many nachos with a piece of cake, I take each meal opportunity to start over. Why wait until tomorrow when you can do it today?
  • Exercise is not an excuse to go all-out. If anything, it should make us more conscious of how we’re fuelling that activity! Believe it or not, it can be pretty easy to eat back 500 calories! (helllooo 5 tbsp of peanut butter)
  • Go with the flow. Food is not something that needs to be constantly controlled. Sometimes you just need to let go and enjoy the food that’s being offered!

What are some of your personal food rules?

Little Moments

Sometimes, it’s the little things in life that bring me joy. Like packing up my work eats in a new lunch bag.

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Oooh! And there were lots of goodies inside :D

Chocolate & PB breakfast cookie.

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VitaMuffin, applesauce, cheese.

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Last VitaMuffin :( Gotta say, I think I like them best straight up, unheated. They taste just like brownies that way, and you don’t mess with brownies :P I see myself forking out another $5 for a pack of four again. I’m a sucka like that.

Cinnamon raisin bagel with egg white pillows.

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I love how my egg whites microwaved into the shape of the bagel. It’s like they knew! Unfortunately I did not dig the sweetness of the raisin bagel with the eggs. Not my favourite combo.

Oh yes, apparently California has run out of oranges and South Africa had to step in.

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I put in a little overtime today so I could watch the crazy mountain climb of the Tour de France. It must have been a steep and windy climb, because they were pulling Susan speeds for much of it. I’m not a huge Lance fan, but I give him props for today. I definitely appreciate his sheer skill in the sport. They need to have an “old guy” jersey!

When not watching the Tour, eating African oranges and reading the news, I also visited the New Brunswick Highland Games Festival at Old Government House.

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Our Lieutenant Governor lives here!! It’s absolutely gorgeous inside, the most beautiful library I’ve ever seen (better than Parliament).

I walked over at 9am to do interviews, so there weren’t many people out. Mostly just kilts and bagpipes.

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And um, poutine?

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Definitely a sign of a Canadian Scottish festival :P I wanted haggis, but they weren’t serving it at that hour. Apparently people prefer scones and shortcake over sheep organs in the morning.

I ended up interviewing the nicest lady doing genealogy. Sometimes my job is a lot of stress and hard work. But getting to sit down and chat with people like her always reminds me of why I love it. I’m not a naturally outgoing person, but I love meeting interesting people. She took down my name and said she’d look it up for me. My Papa’s family was from Scotland and I feel like I connect with my Scottish background the most. Although, that may just be the pasty skin and frizzy hair talking…

I pulled a Polly and had a peach and almond butter when I got home.

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With some cinnamon toast popcorn.

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Munchmunchmunch.

My afternoon was unproductive. Hey, I don’t need to be productive every day!!

Dinner featured something rare for me – canned soup.

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I don’t buy it a lot because of the insane amounts of sodium. Even the “low sodium” stuff is too much, especially if I want to have more than one serving. But this can was on sale super cheap, and looked safe.

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I wanted to add tofu for extra protein, but the package I had in the fridge expired :( That always happens to me! So I added some frozen edamame and a couple spoonfuls of Eden Organic Caribbean rice & beans to “beef” it up a little.

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The rice and beans added a little spice, but it was still missing a little somethin, so I stirred in a laughing cow cheese. Works every time!

 

Okay, I’ve been debating about whether or not to post a pic of what I wore today. It was nothing fancy, new or special. But while getting dressed this morning I had a huge moment.

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In the past 13 months, I have lost 30 lbs, and around 14 inches from my waist, hips and chest. It’s been a slow process as I cleaned up my eating and got more active. Only those closest to me have really noticed. Sometimes, I can’t even notice.

Seeing as I’m a busy person with a low income, I have very few clothes that are actually my size. Only a handful of tops and bottoms fit me properly, the rest are belted and safety-pinned items bought before the weight loss.

I don’t put much thought into my clothes for my morning shifts. I usually just aim for something somewhat professional and warm for my cold office. I threw on these brown pants that I bought during a brief “weight loss” stint in 2004. I couldn’t wear them for years after because they didn’t button up. I held on to them because they were nice pants, and some days, during a good period, I could just barely squeeze them on. Now, they go over my hips fully buttoned.

I bought this cardigan to wear over a dress at a New Year’s ‘06 party. It was a small, and too tight back then. But it matched my dress perfectly, so I bought it anyways. I continued to wear it for years, despite not being able to button it over my belly, or that the material looked like a second skin over my arms. This morning, I buttoned it up with ease, and with room left over.

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I can see how people haven’t noticed my weight loss. Looking back, besides a bit of belly chub, I don’t really look that different. If they have noticed, they probably just assume it’s from all the crazy triathlon training :P

I always forget just how far I’ve come. I especially never take the time to realize how amazing it is that I’ve kept it up. I now have more enthusiasm and passion towards my new lifestyle than ever before. But for some reason, little reminders like today’s clothes always take me by surprise.

Most importantly, it reminds me that having a good relationship with food and my body is perfectly possible. I obsess about food as much as anyone else (hello, I blog what I eat). But I think I’m starting to settle into a good place with both food and exercise.

That being said, I’m not 100 per cent there yet. When I started losing weight last summer, I think the pendulum swung a little too far in the other direction. I’m trying to get it somewhere in the middle now. There’s also the cereal munching thing… but that’s a whole other post!!!

Hope you’re having a great weekend!!! :D

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