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Hellooo!! Gee whiz, thanks a bunch for all the compliments on my cottage pictures! To be perfectly honest, I’m a little paranoid that I’m, ahem, “filling out” a little since moving back home to my mom’s. So it was beyond awesome that some of you noticed all my hard work in gym paying off :)

Well, hard work I was doing. As there was absolutely no time spent in the weight room today. Instead, my day began at 6:30 am, a mere six hours after falling asleep.

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I was hungry. I have this bad habit of waking up with my tummy in mid-growl. I’ve been like this all my life, it’s always a challenge finding a way to tame the beast!

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I fell out of bed, hair wild, old mascara well on its way to my cheeks. Chugged a glass of water and felt my way to the kitchen.

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Van’s mini waffles, sweet little breakfast cookies I like to think of them as. Dipped in a concoction of almond butter, protein powder, cinnamon, vanilla extract and almond milk.

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I remember this being delicious. It truly is all about the dipping. It’s a lot more fun than topping and dripping everywhere.

I then stumbled back to bed, read a few blogs, and promptly passed out until 10am.

The second time around was much better. I was functioning enough to put on a pot of coffee and became a member of the living once again. My mom is still getting used to this bad habit of mine of getting up early to eat breakfast then going back to bed. I’m sure this is not the healthiest thing to do… but it at least deals with that hunger beast!

By this time though, I was hungry again. My stomach doesn’t sleep while the rest of my body does.

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This is a new-to-me Larabar flavour purchased while in Halifax not that long ago.

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I don’t eat Larabars that much anymore because they’re too sugary and calorie dense for their size, despite the natural ingredients. But I do love the taste of them, now including this flavour!

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I can confidently say this is my second favourite flavour now (after PB&J). Although, I really want to make my own version of this. The ingredients are just dates, peanut butter and peanuts. Easy peasy!

I then proceeded to get lost in a vortex of planning and booking various travels. My stomach eventually told me it was lunch. But not before I had to start “la-la-la-ing” and shut off the TV when Whoopi Goldberg started talking about the Lost finale. I haven’t watched it yet!!

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Fridge was empty after our weekend getaway. Scrounged together an egg and bacon salad with mayo, onion, celery and red pepper, spread on top of ezekiel toast.

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Bacon is my new love. I never used to buy bacon when living alone because it intimidated me. But it is plentiful in my mother’s fridge and I like it. I like it a lot.

This afternoon I re-packed all my belongings. I hate packing. But I think I hate unpacking everything and repacking it more. It called for an afternoon chocolate fix.

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Ohyes, I’m still eating my little bowls of protein brownie batter! This version is 40g natural whey powder (unflavoured) with 2 tbsp hot chocolate mix. Made fudgey with a dash of water and bits of chocolate chips. I’m easy to please, and this did the trick :)

Mark (my mom’s boyfriendlifepartner) showed up with arms full of groceries just as I was beginning to gnaw on my forearm. Score!!

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I called him today and requested kale be in this week’s haul. I’m obsessed with this stuff you guys. Best salad base ever.

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Just rip it off the stem and mush it all up with your hands. It softens the leaves (leafs?) and gets rid of the bitter juices.

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The usual combo with tuna as my protein, hummus as my dressing, and feta as the extra sumthin’ to make my tastebuds happy :)

 

Monthly Goal Check-In:

Fitness
Strength train three times a week, with a focus in muscular power.
In case you are wondering, “muscular power” means “plyometrics.” I hate plyo. Hatehatehate. But I did do a little of it in my weight sessions last week. Progress!
Run twice a week, increasing my mileage by 10% each week. I only ran once, a 4-mile trail run at my cottage. My foot feels fine – I really think it’s the walking that’s killing it! Strange.

Food
Stop buying dairy, eating it only when out or when it’s “a must.” I’m still essentially off all cottage cheese and yogurt with 20g of hard cheese a day. Nothing new here, but I will be writing out some thoughts on this at the end of the month.
Stay away from refined sugars, again eating only for special occasions. Wain! I love sugar! I had Oh Henry bars and cinnamon rolls, and a piece of Queen Elizabeth Cake my Nana conveniently froze for me. I think this goal was doomed from the start.

Blog
Add and organize content, new recipes, workouts, and revised pages and categories.
Check! I updated my About page and added a new recipe page for Dairy-Free (ish) Protein Pancakes.

Life
Improve my organization. Make lists, finish them, know what needs to be done, when.
Check! I got a handy dandy notebook and have been writing all the important details of life in it. Amazing how much stress can be relieved just by transferring it to paper.
Spend time with my family. This has been my life as of late. I love it.
Enjoy and soak up every single minute. Step classes with my mom, Lost nights with my dad, even cleaning out a cottage with my big sis. I will cherish these moments for a very, very long time :)

 

Now, some other updates in my life for those of you who may keep track (which, really, is sort of impossible these days). I’d been planning on moving to Toronto for June 1st, but there’s been a change in plans! I’m staying at my mom’s a little longer. Here’s what my new future looks like:

June 9 – Fly to Calgary, Alberta from the Maritimes.
June 10 – Go into Banff for what promises to be the blogger journey of a lifetime featuring Holly and Karen.
June 16 – Fly from Calgary to Ottawa and spend 10 days hanging out in my big sis’ sweet bachelorette pad!
June 25 – Train to Toronto with my sis and stay there for good!!

Well, there will be another trip to Ottawa in July, and the Healthy Living Summit in Chicago in August, but Toronto will be my new home :)

Needless to say, figuring out the logistics of this has been slightly mind-bending. Hence the need to unpack and re-pack my things today. I won’t sugar-coat things. I haven’t worked in almost a month and I’m flat broke. I’ve tucked away some spare change for some of this madness, but I’m also a very lucky girl to have a family that can support my falling back on them. For some reason they aren’t sick of me yet and are more than willing to help out.

In the meantime, I’ve got to get to bed. There will be some plyo in the gym tomorrow, all before an 11am folk concert!

See ya then! xoxo

 

Question of the Day: How is everyone doing on their goals? Do you even remember them? You better!! :P

Pineapple? Pine-evil.

Boys oh boys, I’m watching the Olympic Canada-US game right now and it’s already action packed! I’m not a huge team sports fan, but as a Canadian, I can appreciate a good game of hockey ;)

Anyways, I did not have the best of days today. It started well, with a bowl of custard oatmeal.

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  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup egg whites (stirred in while simmering)
  • cinnamon, vanilla, stevia
  • 2 chopped sates
  • 1 tbsp cashew butter
  • unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp pure maple syrup

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I don’t get to make stove-top oats at home during the week since it takes so long (it’s all about the slow simmer ;) ) so they make for an extra-special weekend treat!

Except, it kicked my sweet-tooth into gear, so I enjoyed a Lindt Fleur de Sel with my morning pot of coffee.

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Just a splash of almond milk in the coffee. Mostly to cool it down.

Then, the trouble started. I opted for a Tropical Fruit Tart Larabar as my pre-workout snack. The sugar from the dates always gives me lots of energy.
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I’ve never tried this flavour before, but didn’t think much of it. Even when I took this photo of the ingredients!

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It was small as always. Larabars are not for volume eaters.

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As I was chowing down on the bar, I looked at the wrapper again and noticed pineapple was listed a the second ingredient. I’m allergic to pineapple!! I didn’t worry too much though, as I’ve eaten crystallized pineapple in the past with no incident. I figured it would be dried pineapple in the bar… right??

Well, whatever it was, it made me sick, real sick. I’ve gone for tests, but apparently vomiting upon consumption of anything pineapple related isn’t a common problem. I ate this at 10:30am and the pain/sickness didn’t subside until 3pm. It’s the kind of pain where I can’t do anything but shrivel up in a ball and moan. I couldn’t even stand the sound of the television. I think I may have drifted in and out of sleep a little, but who knows.

Aaaanyways. I’ve learned my lesson. Absolutely NO pineapple is entering this belly EVER again!

Sometime during the tummy episode, I hoped a settling sandwich might help things along.

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This is my favourite sandwich combo at the moment – PB + protein powder. I took half a scoop of chocolate whey powder and mixed it with water until it formed a goo, then spread it on one side of the bread. PB went on the other side. Delicious.

I actually briefly considered going to the gym once I was able to move again. I had a stellar upper-body sesh planned that I was sad to have to skip. But my mom always says things like this are the universe’s way of telling me to sloooow doooown. So I took the hint, and went to the grocery store instead.

Holly asked if I could show my grocery haul and what’s in my pantry/fridge. So for today’s Q&A I’ll show ya what’s in my grocery bag! (pantry/fridge coming soon!)

First off, I wanted to show you the protein powders I bought after my protein post yesterday.

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By coincidence, I ran out of both chocolate and vanilla today, so I went to GNC to find naturally sweetened powders. On the left is Iso Natural in vanilla flavour and Kaizen Whey Isolate Protein in chocolate flavour on the right. Both are sweetened with stevia.

Produce!

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  • 1 pink grapefruit
  • bag of onions
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 2 bartlett pears
  • bag of carrots
  • baby spinach
  • 3 plum tomatoes
  • bag of green beans
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • bag of mixed fresh veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots)
  • sliced mushrooms
  • 4 bananas
  • 1 zucchini

Meat and Dairy:

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  • dozen eggs
  • Western Creamery 1% plain yogurt (never tried this kind before!)
  • Laughing Cow light cheese wedges
  • Scotsburn 50% less sodium 1% cottage cheese
  • Compliments egg whites
  • Maple Leaf light swiss cheese
  • Yves veggie roast beef slices
  • 1 lb salmon
  • 2 chicken breasts

Random stuff:

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  • Panko bread crumbs (on special!)
  • can diced tomatoes
  • Nestle lime carbonated water
  • cantaloupe
  • Bick’s garlic dill pickles
  • cinnamon
  • lemon juice
  • butternut squash
  • E.D. Smith sugar-free syrup

More random stuff:

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  • unsweetened vanilla  Almond Breeze
  • dates
  • butternut squash baby food
  • Bob’s Red Mill quinoa
  • Thompson raisins
  • unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Finn Crisp rye crackers (new-to-me food!)
  • Mini Eggs
  • Beemster single-serving cheese
  • Eden Organic garbanzo beans

Phew! That’s a lot! And it’s all for ME!! I eat every last crumb that I buy. I do buy some higher-end food products, but food is one of the few things I splurge on. I don’t spend anything on clothes and I never eat out, so it fits into my budget :) Tour of my fridge and pantry will come this week!

I was starving by the time I got home, my belly was in working order again. Luckily, I had leftover potato tofu salad.

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I’ve got to pat myself on the back for this salad. Adding cottage cheese, eggs, and tofu is a great way to get protein in a potato salad, and it’s delicious!!

After dinner, I whipped up a batch of my homemade protein bars for the week.

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  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 4 scoops vanilla whey powder
  • 6 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • one applesauce cup
  • 1/4 cup water

Mixed until crumbly, then flattened into a 9×9 pan and stuck in the fridge to harden.

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Makes 8 servings, at 210 calories, 9g fat, 4g fibre, 23g carbs, 16g protein.

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I think these may be one of my best batches yet!!

Then it was on to the more decadent stufff…

Mini Egg cookies!! 

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I took the recipe from here. Only changes were that I cut the recipe in half and left out the macadamia nuts. Essentially a chocolate chip cookie recipe with the world’s best chocolate chips ;)

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I made these specifically to bring into work for “Treat Monday.” Something we decided was necessary to start doing. I am proud to say that not only did I not eat my weight in cookie dough while preparing these – but I also didn’t try one when they were done!!! First time ever. I think telling myself that I’d have one with my coworkers tomorrow was enough to keep me from giving in to the temptation.

Plus, I also promised myself another kind of sweet treat once I was done baking.

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Protein cookie batter ;) Made with my new Kaizen chocolate whey powder and a few dashes of almond milk. Topped with peanut butter, chocolate chips and spinkles… of course. Protein powder gets a BIG thumbs up. One of the best ones I’ve tried yet!!

Well that’s all from me tonight. Despite spending half the day in bed, I’m exhausted. My Monday morning spin class is more important than hockey, sorry sports fans! :P

 

Question of the Day: Do you have any food allergies/intolerances? I thought I was such a weirdo until I started reading food blogs and realized almost everyone has some food issue. Pineapple is by far the worst for me, but raw spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, bananas, kiwis, avocadoes, mangoes, and many more have all given me an upset tummy. Same goes with cooking oils.

Spicy Thursday

I’m on my weeekeennd!!! Tomorrow, I will be arriving here:

Sigh. One thing I will miss about the Maritimes is being so close to the ocean. My mommy always used to bring me to Halifax when I was a kid and ask me if I could see England :P

But let’s be realistic here, a good chunk of my time will be spent here:


Lululemon! I’ve been saving up. That should allow me to buy one pair of pants :P

But I’m getting ahead of myself here. It’s still Thursday!

I got up this morning for a cardio machine workout. I’ve been doing a lot of these lately because I lost my iPod. I used to run on the treadmill for my cardio days. But 60 minutes on the treadmill without music sounds mind-numbingly boring to me. So instead I did the now-usual 35 minutes intervals on the elliptical, 10 minutes on the rowing machine, 10 minutes on the stair mill. The elliptical intervals get my heart pumping, the rowing machine works my upper body and the stairmill does a number on my lower body. Perfection!

Then it was off to work for another successful cold breakfast.

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  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • cinnamon
  • raisins
  • 1/2 chopped apple
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter

Another winner!! Well, as far as cold breakfasts go. We have a microwave at my office, but the room it’s in is always locked till later in the morning :(

Morning snack was a peanut butter & jelly Larabar.

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I think this may be my new favourite Larabar flavour? I still have to try the peanut butter cookie, then a real decision can be made.

Lunch was spectacular!!

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I know, looks like a boring sandwich and orange. But for the sandwich I spread on 1 tbsp peanut butter then mixed 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder with a touch of water to make it into a thick goo. Then I spread it on the other slice of bread. Omg. So. Good. It tasted like nutella!! Plus, it was a great way to add some protein to a PB sandwich :)

Afternoon snack included baby carrots and Olive & Feta Hummus.

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I had to cut the baby carrots in half again – they make them too big!!

Also, I tried another Yogi tea in my attempts to be an office tea-drinker.

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I expected this to taste like NeoCitran, but it was really good! More ginger-y than lemon-y. For some reason, I don’t like fresh ginger, but I love ginger-flavoured things. Plus, it totally cleared up my sinuses :)

Came home and tried something different for supper – parsnip fries!

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And by “fries” I mean, “sliced in small strips and sprayed in oil, salt and paprika.” I do the same exact thing with all root veggies and call them “fries.”

Next to the fries was an egg scramble.

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Featuring an 1 egg, 1 cup egg whites, onions, tomatoes, spinach, old cheddar and a minced chipotle pepper.

Aaalll together now!

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This was only my second time using chipotle, and hot damn those things are… hot. My lips were burning! But I really enjoy the smoky taste of it. The parsnip fries were quite good as well. They hold up really nicely, and don’t get floppy like some other veggies tend to.

Well I wish I had more exciting things to ramble about, but I jut finished putting all the posts up for this weekend and I’m all blogged out! I will miss you guys this weekend… but not too much ;) Have a great Valentine’s Day! <3

Question of the Day: What’s your favourite spice? Four of the C’s get the most use in my kitchen – Cinnamon, Chili, Curry and Cumin. Sometimes all together! ;)

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