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BodyFlows and BodyShapes

I finally, finally, slept for over eight hours last night. It’s been weeks since I’ve had more than seven. It was glorious. There was no other way to celebrate than by pulling out this bad boy.

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My belgian waffle maker :)

I ended up with a delicious stack, using my protein pancake recipe, topped with an “easy berry cobbler” of sorts.

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I just put leftover berries in the muffin tins yesterday and cooked them with an oatmeal/cinnamon/honey mix. This totally hit the spot. I love my day off feasts!

I got in some quality Regis & Kelly time this morning, while unpacking my last box! Yay! I’ll be taking my tour pictures tomorrow when the natural light is best :)

I breaked for a delicious lunch…

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Liverwurst and laughing cow cheese on a bun with carrots + hummus and my po’ man’s version of a caprese salad, with laughing cow. Mind you, it was crazy delicious. This is one of my market heirloom tomatoes. It was melt-in-your-mouth good. Sometimes life doesn’t get better than a deliciously fresh tomato ;)

After digestion, I did something I haven’t done in fore-ever. Okay, since August 17th (thank you blog archives!). I went for a bike ride!

To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t doing a lot of biking a) because I hated carrying it up and down the four flights of stairs in my old apartment, and b) I get scared on it! I can only ride on busy, high-speed roads with little to no shoulder.  I’m still not confident enough on my bike to feel safe on it all the time. Especially in traffic, when I have to unclip at intersections, turn left, etc.

Anyways, I went at a low-traffic hour today, which helped. Once I got on the bike I was immediately filled with all those happy endorphins again and loved every minute of it.

Until… I hit the hill. My new place is on a hill. I have two road options to get back up, so I took the one that I’ve done before and already knew I could finish. Oh. Man. I think I’m a little out of cycling shape because it was so hard. BUT I pushed through…going at 9km/hr :P In all, I did 24 km in 60 minutes.

When I came home, I realized a green smoothie had grown in my absence.

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My aloe vera is already crumbling just by being in my presence. Definitely should have gone for fakes…

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It was my usual Vega combo, 2 scoops Vega Smoothie Infusion, 1 box One Coconut Water, 1 cup frozen papaya chunks.

Dinner was another attempt at kale chips. This time with a lot less salt and a touch of paprika.

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Dipped in baba ghanoush.

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Muuuuch bettah :) I also had some leftover lentil and bulgur salad.


Tonight, I tried out the BodyFlow class at my new gym. I really liked it! You can check out what a typical class looks like here. It’s a mix of tai chi, yoga and pilates. The tai chi was just the warm-up, with mostly yoga, and a little pilates ab work in the middle. There were lots of hip openers which I loooved, as my hips are one of my “trouble spots.” The tai chi was… interesting. I’m not sure if I’m coordinated enough for it.

Post-BodyFlow snack:

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Fibre tarts with some Abu on top (a mix of almond butter and almond milk). Nomnomnom. Pretty filling from all the fibrousness :)

 

Now I just want to make this post a touch longer by talking about something I’ve learned over my weight-loss/health journey. It’s embracing my body shape. You see, I’m an apple. I’m big around the belly, and have long, thin limbs that stick out of it.

I had always been envious of women who carry their weight in their butt and thighs. They can put on a few pounds, and still maintain this itty bitty waist and still fit into their pants. I put on three pounds, and my jeans no longer button.

I’ve never been “curvy.” My thick middle has always given me rectangular measurements (ie my chest, waist and hips are all very similar sizes).

I always thought that my body would transform into this dream shape when I lost those extra 30 lbs. Instead, it looked the exact same, just smaller. Weight lifting definitely helped change this a lot. But even that won’t change my body shape.

I write about this because I am finally in a place where I fully except the body I have. So what if my tummy is plump? My legs are lean, arms free of flab, and chest perfectly pert. I may never drop jaws in a bikini, but I will rock a miniskirt like nobody’s business :P

So my question of the day is: What body type are you? What are the good attributes of it?

Also, Lara wrote a wonderful post today on losing those last 10 vanity pounds that is worth a read!!

See ya tomorrow for a tour of my new place :D

Maid for hire

Anyone out there have green thumbs?

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I have a ledge that runs around my apartment, and I thought this window spot would be perfect for plants! Except, I kill everything. Seriously, I killed a cactus last year. Anyways, this is an aloe vera and some funky cactus that I have no idea how to take care of. How often do I water them? I’d like to put some herbs here too…

 

Moving on to the more important things at hand. I had a chocolate macaroon breakfast cookie when I got to work.

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I normally don’t photograph it, but my breakfast cookie ritual always includes a hot coffee (I drink it black).

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Coffee is needed when you’re at the office at 5 am!!

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It just warms my sleep-deprived soul :)

It was a sloooow long-weekend news day. I came prepared though.

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Reading material and a liverwurst sandwich with onion and mushrooms. So good!

There was also some bar snackage, a peanut caramel crisp Myoplex Lite.

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I like the peanuts on top! I find chocolate chips always fall off and melt on my clothing without my knowing. It’s no cinnamon flavour, but it was still pretty darn good ;)

I snacked and decompressed a little once I got home.

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I got a particularly runny jar of PB, perfect for drizzling. That thing on the left is a wasa cracker with raspberry jam and PB.

Once digested I hit up the gym for a little cardio/weights. The people at my new gym are so different than those at my old campus gym. At the university gym, it was mostly people who play on sports teams, girls working off the previous night’s vodka coolers, skinny guys trying to bulk up for said girls, and professors. New gym is almost all fit people. The girls are super hardcore, and the guys are all beefed up. The people who go to the classes are more “normal” I suppose. But it’s definitely a different vibe, not as laid back, but it should at least be motivating :)

I made another fabulous dinner tonight!

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My own version of a lentil bulgur salad.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dry lentils
  • 1 cup dry bulgur
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, choped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp olive oil

I cooked the lentils and bulgur together, let it chill in the fridge for a while, then stirred in the rest of the ingredients.

I ate 1 1/2 cups of it on top of some massaged kale.

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And homemade pita chips on the side with baba ghanoush. Pita chips are so easy to make. I just cut up a pita, sprayed some olive oil on it with a little barbecue seasoning at baked at 350 F for maybe 5 minutes.

And dessert!

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After hearing Jenna rave about this chocolate for so long, I had to try it! It did not disappoint…

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I love how I was complaining about salty food yesterday, then bought salty chocolate today :P There is only one time when salty is acceptable – when it’s paired with sweet!! :D

 

Unfortunately, putting two plants on the ledge has been the only work I’ve done on my apartment today. I’ll probably get a little done before bed, but today has not been as productive as yesterday. In order to keep on top of my household duties, I’ve designated cleaning days on my Google Calendar.

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For example, Sundays will be a laundry day paired with cleaning my closet. Then Mondays will be my vacuum day, etc. This way I can’t procrastinate and it’ll get done! Hopefully it will save me time in the long run as well. My strategy before has always been to let everything get messy then spend my days off cleaning it :P

 

Question of the day: How to you schedule household chores? (if at all) Feel free to chime in on the plant question too :)

Okee, I’m off to do that closet ;) One more morning shift tomorrow then it’s my “weekend,” yay!! Enjoy your labour day!

The Saturday Market

Happy weekend everyone! I’ve been workworkworking away. ‘Tis the tale of my weekends. But worry not, I’ll be livin’ up on my days off mid-week when all you normal folks are back at it ;)

Last night was my first “early night” in the new place. Ugh. Chris text messaged me and woke me up at 9:30, then the people upstairs started vacuuming at 10 pm. Needless to say, it was not awesome.

You may have heard me complain in the past about working every Saturday morning during our city’s Farmer’s Market hours. Well, a co-worker gave me the great idea of rearranging some of my work tasks in the morning to clear up time to go. Genius!

I really wish I’d taken pictures today, but I was too focused on getting food and back to work on time. So I present you with photos taken circa March 2008 for a photojournalism project I did on the vendors of the Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market.

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That was fun actually! Brings me back to when I shot these photos. All super nice people. That old lady just warms my heart. Also, that juice man refused to stop juicing so I could take his picture. He was in “the zone” I guess…

Anyways, here’s my loot!

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  • Plums
  • Kale
  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • Blackberries
  • Purple potatoes
  • Zucchini
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  • Pita bread
  • Dolmadas (stuffed grape leaves)
  • Baba ghanoush
  • Smoked liverwurst

I actually went there with the goal of getting smoked salmon, but I came across this liverwurst and remembered loving it when I was a meat eater.

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Immediately brought me back to eating it on crusty bread when my family and I travelled around Germany and Western Europe. Yum!

The other items were bought at the Lebanese stand, which is always my favourite at any market. The baba ghanoush is the good stuff, made with eggplant and tahini, and not eggplant and mayo like many store bought varieties.

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Kinda like the eggplant’s version of hummus :)

I put many of my market goodies to use for dinner.

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Lets get a little closer, shall we?

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I stuffed a chicken breast with baba ghanoush and grilled it on my new George Foreman. Then I finally tried some of Kath’s kale chips. I tossed kale in a little olive oil, kosher salt and parmesan then baked at 350 F for about 15 minutes. They really did turn out crispy! Except, I accidentally over-salted, and didn’t end up eating them. I should have known better, I don’t like salty foods!

I did however eat these up, plus some :)

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I was pleased to find a few chickpeas in there! I dipped them in plain yogurt and went back and got the two extra ones since I didn’t eat my kale. Sosososo good. My dad used to buy Lebanese food at my hometown market., so I grew up loving this stuff. My mom always joked he was having an affair with the old lady who was Lebanese vendor :P

 

While not eating (or having power naps) I spent the day cleaning and unpacking. I didn’t realize how much I still have left to do, even though all the important items are unpacked. I started decorating too!

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This one’s for Janetha’s roommate who also loves elephants! That’s just a snippet of my elephant statue collection.

Some of my favourite art…

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I have a rule that I only hang prints of paintings I’ve seen. Impressionism is my favourite, so I’ve always gone out of my way to check out exhibits when they come here or when I’m travelling. I’ve got way more too, but you’ll have to wait until the official tour ;)

It’s no secret that I’m a messy person. So I want to work really hard to keep my new place clean. Health comes from many places, including the environment you live in. So want to surround myself with things I love and treat them well!

Question of the day: What are some of your favourite items in your home? Obviously, I choose my prints. But I also love having my instruments on display, music makes me happy!

And with that, it’s my bedtime. One of my neighbours is playing club music. Ugh. I may have to invest in earplugs…

Nightynight!

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