Reason #592 why I love blogger friends.
Because even when I can’t have lunch with some of them, we can still share food :)
A ginormous THANK YOU to Lori who thought of me after making homemade buckwheat honey marshmallow fluff. She immediately popped a jar in the mail to spread the fluff love.
If you know anything about me, you know that I immediately popped the lid off and scooped it out with my finger.
Ohmygoooood SO good! I love the honey flavour in the fluff. I must try making this now that I’m finally all settled in a kitchen!
As a bonus, she included a jar of homemade pear cranberry jam. I’m not going to beat around the bush here. This jam is uh-mazing. Love the combo of these two fruits, juuuust sweet enough, and the chunky texture is fabulous.
Lori, that coffee shop we’re opening can’t come soon enough! ;)
I picked up the goods last Thursday night and had to try them all on my oatmeal Friday morning. A trifecta!
And because I neeeeed nut butter on my oatmeal – almond butter.
The pear cranberry jam made a reappearance for breakfast this morning.
Made protein pancakes by mixing:
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup unflavoured soy protein powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 stevia packet
- cinnamon, lots of it
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup egg whites
- 1/2 cup almond milk
I thinned out a tablespoon of almond butter with almond milk to get more out of it.
PB&J pancakes on a Monday morning?? I’ll take it! ;)
My mid-morning snack had been waiting patiently for me in the cupboard since yesterday.
I heated it up in the microwave first before unravelling to the gooey centre.
That right there is one of the greatest pleasures in life. Hands down.
Fret not, I haven’t just been eating sweet things.
On Friday, I “healthified” a meal I used to love – beans and wieners. Oddly, this is not a dish I grew up eating like most people, but introduced to me by a boyfriend when I was 18. Same boy who introduced me to fluffernutter sandwiches as well. His childhood was apparently a lot tastier than mine.
For this, I mixed together:
- 1 can soy beans in a tomato sauce
- 3 veggie hot dogs
- 1 spaghetti squash
- 1/4 onion, carmelized with a clove of garlic
- few handfuls spinach, cooked
- 1 small tomato, chopped
- 1/2 can herbed tomato paste
- 2 tbsp ketchup
I ate it plain on Friday, then re-heated on top of spinach with cheddar cheese tonight. Such comfort food!
Finally, I want to talk a little bit about my own personal exercise schedule. I’ve gotten so much into the habit of talking about exercise for other people that I forget some people like to hear what I am doing myself!
As mentioned in this post, I took a little break from exercise. This is something I do quite often. Every three months or so I take several consecutive days off all intense activity such as weight lifting, running, spinning, etc. It’s a welcome physical break for my body, which gets put through quite the beating with my workouts everyday. But it’s an even better break for my mind. Working out all the time can really drain you mentally.
This summer has obviously been a little hard on my workout schedule what with moving, getting a job in a gym, then giving up my old gym membership. Even worse is that I like to rely on the outdoors in the summer months for my exercise. But I only do it when it’s enjoyable – and running in the heat is not enjoyable. We’re on track for being the hottest summer on record here. I have been without a working bike since the spring. I eventually got bored of my same ole’ gym routine snuck in between clients. I burned out.
After 5 days of complete rest, I hopped on the elliptical last Friday for 50 minutes. Nothing too hard, but I still found it exhausting. I took Saturday off again, then did some yoga and a lot of walking yesterday.
I’m happy to report that I’m finally feeling recharged and enthusiastic about starting a new chapter of fitness for myself. After perhaps too much thought, I’ve decided to start a split weight lifting routine. The only split I’ve ever done before is upper/lower body. My new split will have me working these muscle groups on separate days:
I’ll be throwing a lot of cardio intervals into the mix, with a few fitness classes, yoga classes and hopefully running outdoors again if the heat ever stops. This is just my “starter split” and I expect to be experimenting a lot more as time goes on :)
Also – I’m leaving my heart rate monitor at home on lifting days. Of all the exercises in the world, I love weight lifting the most. I’m seeing this as just staying at the gym to do an activity I love. No pressure of burning calories.
I won’t be posting every single one of my workouts in the main blog posts anymore because it’s just too time consuming for me. But I am going to work harder at constantly and consistently updating my fitness page with workouts y’all can try out for yourself :) I’ll also get better about including workout tidbits and new moves I learn in the regular posts because I am learning SO MUCH now as a working personal trainer.
So thurrr ya go!
Questions of the Day:
1. Weight lifting or cardio? I find most people are either or. I’m sure it says something about you!
2. Favourite kind of jam? Mine is blueberry! Or plain strawberry. Nothing with crunchy seeds please.
Welcome to the weekend!!
I’ve been a little MIA again, but with good reason :)
After last blogging on Thursday, I went out with my friends, proceeded to drink more than intended, and didn’t get home until 3am.
What should have been a shitty morning on Friday (thanks to my weak minded-ness when it comes to cheap draft beer) was quite the opposite.
I got a job offer!! At a gym :D
I have yet to accept as I still have a couple more interviews. But I’m pretty frickin’ happy that after only a week of being in this city, I potentially have a job :)
I’d had high hopes of making it to a spin class Friday morning. Hopes that were dashed somewhere around 1am Thursday night. Instead I got to celebrate my job offer with a new blogger friend!!
Morgan, from Life After Bagels is another Toronto-area blogger, but she can’t make it to the big meet-up I planned for this Sunday. A lunch date was clearly in order and she picked out a fabulous place called Utopia.
Utopia is right next to Little Italy. I hadn’t been to that part of the city yet and it’s such a charming spot!! The restaurant is known for their burritos, so my decision was almost easy.
They had so many fun burrito combos to choose from! I ended up with a Grilled Tuna Burrito: grilled yellow fin tuna, zucchini, onions, pesto, asiago cheese, lettuce, salsa.
Delicious combo. The tuna was well cooked and pesto makes anything taste amazing. I had an awesome time chowing down on this while gabbing with Morgan. We started brainstorming about all the fun blogger meet-ups we can do in the future – I can’t wait!!
The burrito kept me full for a while, so when dinner rolled around, I kept it simple.
I sliced it up and put it between toast with almond butter, bbq sauce and lettuce. I know it sounds like a weird combo, but the bbq and almond flavour pair perfectly with the nutty flavour of tempeh.
And here is why I didn’t have time to blog yesterday – immediately after dinner I went to my first ever major league baseball game!
We ended up leaving after the 7th inning, as the Jays were getting completely embarrassed by the Red Sox.
*Sigh* at least we’ll always have the ‘92 & ‘93 seasons :P Good news for Kelly though!
Somewhere around here I learned the term “street meat” and realized that watching baseball really does work up an appetite for hot dogs.
I decided early on I wasn’t going to
get drunk drink a second night in a row. I had legitimate hopes of going to a morning spin class again.
Those hopes were once again dashed somewhere around 1am when we went to a fabulous bar called Sin & Redemption with an extensive beer menu. Once I saw the Fruli Strawberry Wheat it was all over.
Delicious. I had just one and it was worth every sip! I’m a wheat beer gal to begin with, and the sweet strawberry was perfect with it.
I also got to experience the madness of Queen St W at 2am on a Friday night. That in itself is an experience. We met an interesting fellow who gave us 20 bucks for no good reason – these Toronto people are so nice!! :P
And with that, I’m taking my sorry butt to the gym. No spin class today, but maybe some fun on the cardio machines. I will make it to that morning spin class someday. Mark my words.