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New Favourite Cake and Goal Check-In!

Hi there! Hope you all had wonderful weekends spent with your moms (sounds like it!). It was a busybusy day around these parts, feels like I haven’t stopped yet!

Started off after a solid 8 hours of unconsciousness.

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One of my favourite breakfasts of all time: 2 eggs on toast and an orange.

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My favourite kind of toast too – sesame ezekiel.

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And a smidge of buttah to go with the runny yolks. Mmmmm…

My mom however got no brunch or breakfast in bed from me. Nope! Instead I dragged her to the gym for Mother’s Day!

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Actually, more like she dragged me. There were a few mother-daughter duos there, very cute :)

We went to the woman’s only gym which is a drag because their weight area is seriously lacking. How are women supposed to lift heavy? Boo. Anyways, here’s what I managed to muster. Upper-body only. My glutes are wrecked.

Warm-up: 15 minutes on the elliptical, increasing resistance

Straight set (x3):
Dumbbell pullover (chest, back of shoulders, lats, rhomboids,triceps)

Alternating sets (x3):
Incline chest fly (chest, front of shoulders, biceps)
Incline dumbbell row (lower lats, rhomboids, middle traps)

Cardio: 10 minutes on the rowing machine, alternating grips

Straight set (x3):
Cable lateral raise (top and front of shoulder, traps)

Alternating sets (x3):
Dumbbell twist curl (biceps)
Forward triceps extension (triceps)

Cardio: 10 minutes on the stairmaster, increasing speed   

Not too shabby! Didn’t kill myself in the weight area what with all the moving over the last few days.

I didn’t get to eat until an hour after , which may explain the ginormous dish that followed.

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Whenever I’m really hungry, I think I need 10x more food than can fit in my stomach.

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A massaged kale salad with leftover roast chicken and watered down hummus for the dressing.

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I made my mom buy me kale to keep on top of that calcium!

Shortly after it was on to my Nana’s Mother’s Day present:

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I have never heard of Queen Elizabeth Cake before. But when I said I wanted to bake something, my mom pulled out this recipe and said it was my Nana’s favourite. Figures, my family are such monarchists ;)

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My Nana loves to bake with two things: dates & oranges. Her date squares are to die for. Must be where I got the taste for it!

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Clearly, as soon as I saw dates in this recipe, I knew it was a winner. And topped with coconut? Yesplease!

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I will not lie, I licked the bowl clean and tried a couple tastes of the topping. The deliciousness of plain old butter and sugar will never cease to amaze me.

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The recipe called for a 9×12 pan, which I completely disregarded and put in a 9×9 pan. Oops.

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Not all hope was lost. It cooked up wonderfully, and it meant the topping was extra thick ;)

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Once put under the broiler, the sugar hardened like in a brulee. Mygosh.

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Look at that thick icing. How have I never heard of this cake before??

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The photo below is a setup. This is my mother’s piece. Mine was twice as big.

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And worth every. single. bite. My Nana was so happy and impressed that we thought to make her favourite cake. I am starting to learn where that sweet tooth of mine comes from ;)

The rest of the afternoon was spent visiting with Mark’s family. Then we came home to a late dinner. I made a stir-fry for Mark and I while my mom feasted on her Mother’s Day lobster.

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Spot that pinwheel shaped veggie?

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Fiddleheads! For all you West-coasters, fiddleheads are a young fern that’s harvested in the springtime. It’s actually late in the season for them. My mom steamed some before I added it to the stir-fry. I’d compare the taste to broccoli or asparagus.

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And quinoa! I didn’t have a grain at lunch, so I figured I should probably add one to the mix for dinner. Was tasty all mixed up.

By the bye, after dinner I went to my dad’s to help him move furniture. If it’s not my crap, it’s someone else’s. The moving never ends!! :P

 

Sunday! Time for my Monthly Goal Check-In.

 

Fitness
Strength train three times a week, with a focus in muscular power.
Got in two lifting workouts this week, but I think I should get at least an extra two more with moving ;)
Run twice a week, increasing my mileage by 10% each week. Check! Got in a 4-mile and 3-mile run this week – both outdoors!

Food
Stop buying dairy, eating it only when out or when it’s “a must.” I haven’t had cottage cheese, yogurt or milk since writing this last week. I’ve had maybe one 15g serving of feta or cheddar cheese a day since, and a little butter here and there.
Stay away from refined sugars, again eating only for special occasions. Oooh, not as great on this one. I’m still eating regular chocolate, and a piece of cake today that was definitely packed full of refined sugars. Will do a detailed post about this tomorrow!

Blog
Add and organize content, new recipes, workouts, and revised pages and categories.
Check! Added a new recipe page, and new workouts are up under the workout tab. Oh, and there’s a new pic of me on the sidebar –>

Life
Improve my organization. Make lists, finish them, know what needs to be done, when.
Well, I did make a list, but I never referred to it. I’m still disorganized… but I don’t think I forgot anything! 
Spend time with my family. Giant check! Spent all day with various family members :) 
Enjoy and soak up every single minute. You know, ever since writing this, I’ll occasionally stop and take notice of what I’m doing in a single moment. I never realized how little I do this, and how enjoyable life is when you do. Check.

 

Question of the Day: What were your goals for this month, and how are you doing on them?

 

Congratulations!! to Brie on her wedding and Heather on her little HEABlet!!!

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