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I’m not dead! Just dyed.

Good morning! I’d apologize for not posting last night, but to be honest, I’m not that sorry! :P I was feeling c-to-the-rappy yesterday and didn’t want to spread my sickness through blogging.

My sore throat has progressed to a cough, and I got a solid 8 hours of sleep last night (a rare occurrence for me). So things are at least looking up this a.m. I am currently fisting a giant mug of coffee and sporting my new hair colour :)

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A little less red than I’ve been wearing lately, but no doubt will fade into a red shade anyways. And yes, I do not exaggerate when I say a giant mug of coffee. You can tell my wrist is working hard to hold it up in that picture. 

Yesterday was very uneventful. I had to be at work earlier than the usual 5am. I was starving by the time I got to my breakfast cookie.

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Same mix as last weekend. It’s amazing how long a bag of M&Ms can last when you only eat a few at a time! “Old Susan” would have polished those bad boys off a long time ago… “New Susan” is enjoying savouring them :)

I was very excited to try out a new bar as my snack. For the longest time, we’ve only been able to get the Kashi chewy bars in Canada, but the cereal bars have made their way here!!!

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At 120 calories, they’re pretty dinky. Not to mention only 2g of fibre and protein each.

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I’m not the biggest fan of cereal bars actually, but I thought this was still pretty decent. However, I ate it with a cheese string, and my tummy was growling 90 minutes later. So it doesn’t make for a very sustainable snack.

I dug into my lunch mega early. Thankfully, it was also mega filling and delicious :)

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Salami, laughing cow, tomato, field greens, mustard on whole wheat bread. The salami is from the market. I was really excited to find it from a safe and healthy source, as the packaged salami in grocery stores is super sketchy. I’m learning that my city’s market is not always the greatest for deals on produce – but it’s awesome for fresh meat!

I also munched on edamame.

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I find these single-serving packages of edamame in the freezer section of my grocery store. They’re great for packed lunches!

I was a hungry hungry hippo yesterday. A lot of snackage happened that went unphotographed. When I finally broke for dinner, I figured it was time for more kitchen clearing.

I rescued a box of Casbah falafel mix from my very top shelf.

(Recycled photo). I’ve tried many times to make falafel from scratch – but this mix still makes the best kind! Not the best ingredients compared to what I could make at home though. Just add water to the mix, shape into little patties, and bake till hard :)

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Falafel salad.

  • 6 falafel patties
  • hummus
  • tabbouleh
  • tomatoes
  • red pepper
  • onions
  • field greens

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Yum! I love me some falafel :) Although, I think this would have been better in a pita… with tzatzkiki…

I spent my evening watching Glee. I’ve been hearing a lot of people talk about this show, but I haven’t caught it on Canadian TV yet, so I downloaded the episodes I’ve missed. So good! Chris stopped by and proceeded to make fun of me for watching it though :P

More snackage occurred, including another kashi bar. This time seven whole grain and almond kicked up a notch with some almond butter.

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Divine :) I definitely snacked more than I like to yesterday, but I also felt legitimately hungry at times. I just don’t have it in me to not eat when I’m hungry. I was also awake for 20 hours… which I guess gave me plenty opportunity to eat!

I started my morning off today on the right foot with a delicious bowl of savoury oats.

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  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp Earth Balance spread
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 1 breakfast sausage
  • 1 soft-fried egg
  • salsa

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Have you tried savoury oats yet?? If not, what are you waiting for!? I think nothing tastes better with soft egg yolks than a creamy spoonful of oats. Yummmmm…

 

In other news, today is my third rest day in a row. You may recall that I hurt my hip at the gym on Friday, so I took the weekend off all activity. It actually feels pretty good today, but I feel like it’s better to be safe than sorry in cases like these. I much rather take a week off exercise at the first sign of injury, than push it and have to take months off down the road to heal a more serious injury.

I think I need the rest anyways, for the first time in a while, I don’t have an inkling to exercise. I just want to work on getting my hip better, and getting rid of my cold. Then I’ll be able to give it my all when I get back to it :)

I also probably won’t be posting again tonight. I’ve got a 10-11 hour work day ahead of me and I just don’t think I’ll have the energy. I’ll be back Tuesday! Have a great start to your week!!

Question of the day: Do you dye your hair? What colours? I’ve had every colour of the rainbow – including pink, purple, blue, green, orange and fire-engine red :)

Looking for a brave soul (who likes free stuff!)

Loved hearing some of the other food rules you like to follow! Some extra ones:

  • Try to get all food groups in at meals
  • If you can’t picture it in a natural state, then don’t eat it!
  • Be mindful of what you’re eating but don’t obsess about it. Enjoy it!
  • When offered a dessert, rate it on a scale of 1 to 10. If it gets a low rating, then it’s not worth it.
  • Eat breakfast
  • Balance out your carbs, proteins and fats.
  • Nothing is ever off limits.

And most importantly (drumroll please…) food rules are meant to be broken!! ;)

For example, who said you can’t have candy for breakfast? First thing in the morning sounds like a perfect time for a treat to me!

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Candy oats.

  • 1/4 cup oat bran
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 scoop chocolate whey powder
  • 1/2 a banana
  • coconut
  • M&Ms
  • peanut butter

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My gosh this was good!! I don’t care how many weirdo ingredients are in M&Ms, sometimes a little candy coating does the body good! Oh, and big news! Mini Eggs are now available year round! I know one boy, whose name starts with a C-h-r-i-s, who will be very excited about that ;)

I had a small snack before heading out for a chilly run today. I say small, because I’ve heard several people note that Larabars seem to be getting shorter…

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This apple pie flavour was pretty dinky – and yet still 170 calories! I had a cashew cookie the other day that I swear was half the length of the wrapper.

Makes chopping them up into bite size pieces much more difficult.

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Yeah, I like to play with my food :)

I was also excited to try out a new product before my run.

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The fine folks at Sequel Naturals sent me a canister of Vega Sport in acai-berry flavour. It’s basically a natural sport drink, meant to be consumed before or during activity. Like most other Vega products, it’s chock full of wonderful and healthy ingredients.

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The organic sprouted whole grain brown rice syrup and organic palm nectar are a combo of high and low GI carbs that are supposed to give you both immediate and prolonged energy. It’s also chock full of anti-oxidants, natural caffeine (green tea) and even a natural muscle relaxer! (kombucha).

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I’m a big fan of the Vega Smoothie Infusion, so I had high hopes for this stuff. Well, I did until I mixed one scoop with one cup water as the packaging instructed.

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Ummm…it looks like sewage.

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And honestly, it kinda tastes like it too. I’m sure this stuff is wonderful for some people, but I refuse to choke down food or drinks that my tastebuds don’t enjoy – no matter how healthy! I took a few big gulps, then dumped it down the sink. I then proceeded to burp it up throughout my run :(

My run however, was still stellar! It was around the freezing mark (30-ish F?) again today. I just wore some spandex capris, long-sleeve running turtleneck, running hat and gloves, and I was quite comfortable in the cold! I think I should pick up some ear muffs though, as they were getting chilly toward the end.

No big goals for this run today, just wanted to get the ground under my feet :) Ran 5.25 miles in 50 minutes. I love my easy mid-length jogs, but I think it’s time I start bringing some more short n’ speedy runs back into my routine too!

Lunch featured some more of my coveted honeycrisp.

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I mixed up one can tuna, 1 tbsp plain yogurt, 1/2 tbsp mayo, pepper, 1 tsp lemon juice, chopped apple and onions. Loaded it on bread and melted some old cheddar on top.

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Everything tastes better with melted cheese on it.

I chopped up the remainder of my honeycrisp and sprinkled some pumpkin pie spice on it to munch on.

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That’s only 3/4 of the apple!! Mind you, I slice it up reeeeal thin :)

I spent the rest of the day “oot and aboot.” I made a Starbucks pit stop to try out Meghann’s drink.

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Grande nonfat awake tea latte with 2 pumps pumpkin spice syrup. It was okay. I love tea lattes – but I always found the Starbucks pumpkin syrup to taste like rubber! Anyone remember the chantico? Now that shit was goooooood :P

I then immediately went home, and a turkey and hummus pita from the Pita Pit magically fell from the sky and onto my coffee table.

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I couldn’t just send it back! :P

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I got almost every vegetable they offer…

  • spinach
  • romaine
  • tomatoes
  • onions
  • green peppers
  • mushrooms
  • bean sprouts
  • olives
  • pickles

I had just enough time for this to digest before heading to yoga! I thought it was a BodyFlow class tonight, which is a pre-choreographed mix of tai chi, yoga and pilates. But Thursdays are the regular yoga nights. It was a mix of hatha and yin, filled with lengthy pigeons and spine twists. It was wooooonderful.

Question of the day: Want a free canister of the new Vega Sport?? I’m not going to drink the stuff they gave me, so I’ll send it to a brave soul who’s willing to try it!! It’s open and missing one scoop, otherwise I even still have all the packaging it came with :) Just leave a comment and I’ll pick a victim random person in my post tomorrow!

Random Facts

Hola blog peoples! Wow, today has been a day of playing catch-up and I still have tons to do! Never leave a messy house when going on vacation. My apartment is a disaster, the last thing I want to do is come home and clean it!

Seemed like the only uncluttered spot in my apartment was my fridge. In fact, it was bare! I got up early to do a little cardio and lifting. Nothing fancy, just wanted to get my joints and muscles moving again. I of course wanted waffles when I came home (it is Waffle Wednesday after all!) alas, that was not an option.

Instead, breakfast was inspired by this…

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Starbucks Via instant Colombian coffee. I picked up a little package in Detroit. I’m not a huge instant coffee fan, but I knew the Starbucks stuff would at least be strong tasting. Of course, what fun is just plain ole’ coffee?

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Mocha oats!

  • 2/3 cup oat bran
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2/3 scoop chocolate whey powder
  • 1 package Via instant coffee
  • chocolate chips
  • roasted almonds
  • coconut

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SO good! Usually I’m rushed to down a big bowl of hot oats with my mug of coffee in the morning. It’s too many hot things at once and makes me break into a sweat. This way I killed two birds with one stone. One tasty stone :P

Another new (to me) product I tried today was a white chocolate Clif!!!

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I’ve been trying to track down this flavour in both the Clif and Luna for-ever. I found this hidden at the local bike shop.  I popped it in the microwave at work for 22 seconds to make it all warm and gooey (the only way I eat a Clif now). It was deeee-vine! Not sure if it topples Maple Nut on my list, but a well deserved second spot perhaps ;)

After work, I proceeded to the grocery store and spent SO much money on groceries. I can justify that by an empty fridge, right? I was craving one of my favourite healthy meals after my weekend of indulgences.

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Maple curry salmon on a garden salad with balsamic vinegar as dressing.

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I just pan fry the salmon in some cooking spray and curry powder. About 6 minutes on each side. I always cover the pan, I find it locks the juices in that way :)

And what’s a dinner without a sweet treat after?

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M&Ms! What can I say, I fell victim to the Halloween candy at the grocery store.

And because it is Waffle Wednesday, I found a picture of the waffles I had before I left on Friday. I forgot all about them and they were so good!!

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That beautiful icing on top was a mix of ricotta, cashew butter and maple syrup. Not to be dramatic or anything, but it was mind blowing. Just putting that out there.

Apparently my bloggie friends were feeling quite generous while I was away because I got an award!

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Brie and Hallie, two of my favourite bloggers passed this on to me. Not without an assignment though! I must share 7 random facts about myself:

  1. I have to eat the second I open my eyes in the morning. I often get started on breakfast before I even use the washroom.
  2. It still amazes me that cucumbers and pickles are the same food. For the longest time, I thought they were two separate vegetables.
  3. I think music videos are really, really boring.
  4. I never played sports as a kid, but I did do highland dancing and synchronized swimming.
  5. I don’t like ice cream.
  6. I played guitar in an all-girl punk band called The Brats.
  7. I’m a natural blonde.

Okay, okay, enough about me. What’s one random fact about you?

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