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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!

Nil, Nada, Zip

This is what I planned for after work today:

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But this is what ended up happening:

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Six miles somehow turned into six chapters from Eclipse. In my defense, it wasn’t nearly as nice out as in the above picture. I’m hurtin’ for some cold-weather running gear and couldn’t bring myself to do it. But getting lost in a book is just as fun as getting lost on the trails :) Tomorrow, I fully expect to get lost in the void that is the empty gym on a Sunday afternoon…

My day didn’t start out this relaxing. I was in and out of consciousness all night, finally coming to at 5:15 am. CRAP!!! I have to be at work for 5am to ensure my 7am newscast gets to air. I have to compile all the news that happened overnight, write, sift through stories, e-mails, phone messages, get the cast together to record on time. Apparently, I just forgot to turn my alarm on last night. Silly. I’ve been living in fear of sleeping through my first newscast for so many years, I find it ironic that it happens just two weeks before I’m due to leave.

In case you’re wondering, I got the 7am newscast on two of our three radio stations. There was one I still couldn’t get to on time, but that was partially a programming mistake and not entirely my fault (although, I could have fixed it had I been there in time).

In the world of broadcasting, deadlines are infinite. Basically, not getting to air on time is not and option. Small mistakes sometimes have big consequences. Ugh. Stress.

Needless to say, I did not get to savour my breakfast cookie as much as I would have liked.

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S’muffernutter!

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 scoop chocolate whey powder
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp marshmallow fluff
  • 1/2 tbsp mini chocolate chips
  • couple splashes almond milk

My late start led to one of those work days where I felt like I was trying to catch up the whole time. Luckily, I had awesome food! First up: Peanut Butter and Jelly Larabar!!!!

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I know this flavour is probably old news to all you “big city” bloggers out there, but I’ve been anxiously awaiting these in my small New Brunswick city. Things were starting to look bleak!

Same ‘ole Larabar stats, if not a touch higher on the calorie side.

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I remember some other blogger pointing out the emergence of a new ingredient in the new Larabar flavours…

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Refined sunflower oil? Really? I wonder why…

Anyways, we all know taste is what matters most, even more than dinky size.

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Ohmygodthiswasgood. I’ve never tried the Peanut Butter Cookie flavour, so I didn’t have anything to compare it to on that front. But I looooved the peanut flavour mixed in with the sweetness (and chunks!) of dried cherries. Odd, because the Cherry Pie flavour is really tart, but this balanced the flavours really well. Actually, it was kinda odd to eat a Larabar that tasted like a PB&J sandwich. But for 230 calories, something a little bigger, and more filling, would be appreciated.

“Lunch” was pretty stellar too, as I hammered away at work.

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Smoked salmon bagel (with laughing cow, mustard, capers, tomato and spinach) and a perfectly ripe pear. I’m one of those crazy people who spend ten minutes rummaging through the produce bins looking for the perfect one. This pear was definitely it – yum!

I picked up a new box of Kashi cereal bars after enjoying the blackberry flavour. This time I chose baked apple and had my first one crumbled atop some yogurt (with extra cinnamon).

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Stirred up into a yog mess, of course.

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I really liked it! Better than the blackberry flavour too. I know many people don’t care for the Kashi cereal bars, but I used to love Nutri-Grain bars as a kid, so they’re a nice alternative for me :)

Then I got lost in Eclipse and at some point breaked for a simple dinner.

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I’m still eating that Sabra hummus I got at Costco two and a half weeks ago. How long does that shite last? It still tastes okay… I think…

My sandwich was definitely okay, if not great.

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Yves cajun chicken slices, mayo, mustard, swiss cheese, tomato, onion, spinach  and sprouts. All toasted up for melty-crunchiness. I’ve been on a real sandwich kick lately. Plus, it is Sammie Saturday after all ;)

Now if you don’t mind me, I have another s’muffernutter cookie to prepare (silliest name ever) and a book to get lost in again. Today was definitely a write-off. Some Saturdays I feel like go-go-going after work, some I feel like doing nothing. Guess what today was? :P

Questions of the Day:

1. What’s your favourite way to do nothing? Besides reading, I like to putter away on the internet, which I guess is also just reading. Watching crappy movies and going through old pictures is also fun :)

2. What’s your favourite book? I lovelovelove children’s fantasy novels. The Hobbit, Alice in Wonderland, A Wrinkle In Time, House at Pooh Corner, the Golden Compass, Harry Potter,and yes, Twilight. I appreciate the simple writing and how the fantastical elements don’t need complicated explanations They’re just accepted :)

Going with the Flow

Hey blog friends!! Wow, is it just me, or does it feel like a while? My blog schedule is all screwed up. But really, it’s only been since Monday!

Here’s what I’ve been doing in the interim:

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Asking the hard questions.

I got to interview former Canadian New Democrat (NDP) leader Ed Broadbent after he gave a speech called “Inequality and Poverty.” I really like interviewing retired politicians. Wish I could say the same about the ones still in office :P

How about some eat highlights

There was some yogurt with a Kashi blackberry cereal bar crumbled on top.

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I see a lot of my fellow bloggers do the “crumbled bar on yogurt” technique. It’s something that never occurred to me before – it’s delish!

There’s been a lot of salami and cheese sandwiches.

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One of my favourite things about eating red meat again is that there are many meals, like this one, that take me back to my childhood. Salami on pita with some melted cheddar cheese was something I ate a lot as a preteen. (back when I could eat half the kitchen and blame it on a growth spurt).

Laughing cow cheese on pear.

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This was uh-mazing. Is there anything that laughing cow doesn’t taste good with?

Flat waffles (aka pancakes)

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The usual protein pancake recipe (found under the Eats tab) Dipped in a mix of almond butter and syrup.

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A “controlled” yogurt mess.

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As far as flavoured low-fat yogurts go, Source is my favourite. The ingredients aren’t the best (it has Splenda), but the price is right. This is a new product to me and I just had to try it. I liked it :)

Oh, and I’ve been stuffing things with leftovers to the point of explosion :P

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Same stuffing I used in red pepper the other day. Except this time I put it in a squash I picked up at the market. I gotta say, I liked it better in the squash! My tastebuds just go crazy over squash, they can’t help it ;)

As far as my sickness, I wouldn’t say I’m better, but it’s at least progressing. Hoping it doesn’t decide to linger for too long!

Now onto other things…

Going With The Flow

While reading Diane’s post today, I realized that I am a very rigid person. I’m good at making decisions for myself, and creating plans, but when it comes to changing them, I freak out a little.

I want to talk about this in terms of taking a rest from exercise.

Today is day 4 of no exercise for me. This break was unplanned. I hurt my hip in the gym on Friday. From past experience, I knew it could turn into something a lot worse if I didn’t lay off it until it was 110% better.

In the past, this would have bothered me. Even though I’m not training for anything (yet! got a half mary in May!), I still schedule out all my workouts for the week on my Google Calendar. I put a lot of energy into that plan, making sure I fit in all my runs, weight sessions and favourite group classes around my ever-changing work schedule.

When I first started doing this, I would get really anxious when something would come up that would change or delay something in that schedule. Going out of town, or a shift change at work, would throw me into a tizzy of figuring out how I would fit it all in. As a university student, I worked really hard not to let my hectic school, work and social life get in the way of my gym time. That meant I was sometimes too strict with it.

What I’ve learned since training for the triathlon, and taking time off from hip injury #1, is that sometimes you just have to go with the flow.

That’s not to say you can blow off whole weeks of exercise because it’s “too cold out” or your favourite TV shows are on :P It just means, when life happens, it’s okay to skip or change a workout.

More importantly, when your body starts giving you clues that it needs a rest – take it!! There’s a fine line between being too lazy and too tired to work out. It’s up to you to learn the difference, and listen to your body when it needs a rest. Learning to pick up on your body’s clues is more important than the perfect training plan ever will be.

I think the mental aspect of it is just as important. Even if there’s nothing wrong with your physical state, sometimes we just mentally burn out from all that activity! It’s okay to take a few days off just to kick back and rejuvenate. It’s worth it just for the enthusiasm and dedication you’ll have upon your triumphant return to the gym.

My number one rule is always that it’s better to take a day off so I can put the extra effort in the next day, rather than just half-ass it because I’m hurting or don’t have the energy.

So why bring all this up? I suppose because this week, instead of letting the coloured boxes in my Google Calendar dictate my decisions, I went with the flow. I listened to my body, which was both hurting and sick. I took a mental break, and didn’t feel an ounce of guilt for lounging around, or even not changing my eating habits to reflect that. Hopefully my body has had the chance to heal, I know I’m already getting anxious to return to my favourite exercise classes!

Ironically, I’m going to a BodyFlow class tonight, which will be a gentle mix of tai chi, yoga and pilates. Tomorrow, I’m going to test the waters with a 3 mile run. I woke up with a Charley horse in my calf muscle last night, which is strange for me, as I usually get them as a result of too much activity. I think it was my muscle saying “Okay! I’m ready to work now!!” :P

Questions of the day:

1) Have you ever been set back by an injury?

2) How often do you take a rest?

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