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Hello!! Hope you all had fantabulous weekends :) I always feel so weird writing weekend posts, because I’m speaking to people who mostly had the days off. But I’m smack middle in my work week!

It was a slow news day, my only assignment was to clean the newsroom. Wow. I don’t think it’s been cleaned since the introduction of computers…

I came home tired and hungry, so I decided to satisfy my hunger first. With a parfait!

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I don’t like wine, so it was nice to find a use for my wine glasses :)

It had a blueberry bran vitamuffin, peanut butter, blueberry jam and yogurt.

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Baaahhh, soooo good!! I just sort of plopped little bits of PB and jam as I layered the muffin and yogurt. Every bite was different and delicious!

Then I promptly passed out for two hours. These early morning shifts still really tucker me out. My body just can’t get used to them!

After navigating my way out of a post-nap fog (and a banana), I went to the gym. Weekend afternoons at the gym are so chill. It’s so easy to just whittle away my day playing around on the equipment. Actually, that’s exactly what I did :P

It’s been a while since I did some serious core work, so I wrote down ab circuits to do, inspired by April’s total core workout.

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I’m a total nerd and often bring cheat sheets to the gym with me. If I’m trying out new moves, I’ll write down descriptions so I don’t flub up and get the form wrong!

Anyways, here’s what I did:

  • 15 minutes on the elliptical, increasing resistance every 2 minutes
  • Middle ab circuit (x3)
  • 10 minutes on the rowing machine
  • Oblique circuit (x3)
  • 10 minutes on the stepmill, increasing then decreasing speed
  • Challenge ab moves
    • two 90-second planks
  • 10 minutes running on the treadmill, increasing speed every 2 minutes
  • 5 minutes walking on treadmill

With stretching after, I was at the gym for over an hour and a half! Whoops.

I was staaaarving by the time I got home. So I just threw a bunch of stuff in the oven so it would be ready for when I got out of the shower :)

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I covered some tofu in teriyaki sauce and black sesame seeds.

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Then some green beans, mushrooms and onions with a little Bragg’s.

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Deeeelicious!! My favourite parts were actually the mushrooms and onions. They make such a mean combo when cooked!

I’m still pretty hungry though. This was eaten at 7pm, and my “lunch” was at 10am, with a couple snacks and a long ass workout in between. I find I need a substantial meal every few hours. Now I feel like I just can’t get satisfied!

Well that wraps it up for me. Regardless of my afternoon coma, I’m still exhausted! I want to be nice and chipper for my step class tomorrow. Ohthatsright. I’m going back!

Question(s) of the day:

1. What’s your favourite time to go to the gym? Definitely love my weekend afternoons! I used to go on Friday nights which was a lot of fun. My least fave is after work. It’s when it’s the busiest and just seems like no one wants to be there.

2. What are some of your favourite ab moves? I used to hate the plank, but I love challenging myself with it now. I also really like the Pilates “roll up.”

See ya tomorrow!

Blog Updates!

Thank you once again for your congratulatory comments on my race!! Although, I wasn’t the only one racing yesterday!

I have to give a shout out to reader Faith Ann who did the same 10k and made her goal as well :) Also, congrats to my sister Sara who did a triathlon yesterday!!

Thankfully, my hunger returned to normal today. Or, as “normal” as my active tummy gets :P

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Waffles! Used my protein pancake recipe, and topped them with strawberries heated in the microwave with maple syrup.

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How’s that as a way to start your Monday?

I also had another, much more successful go at a parfait.

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Okay, no fancy parfait glasses, but I’m more concerned about what’s in the glass anyways ;) Yogurt, almond butter, blueberry bran VitaMuffin and cinnamon. This was deeeee-licious!!! Instead of stirring in the nut butter, I just put little dabs of it throughout the glass so I’d get surprise mouthfuls :)

There was also some fun with leftovers.

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I added tuna, cashews and raisins to my leftover coleslaw made up of cabbage, carrots, green apples, red onion, yogurt and mayo. 

On the other side:

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Butternut squash fries. I don’t know, I think butternut squash fries may be in trouble. My yuca fries were pretty damn tasty! 

 

Confession. Sometimes, I buy food based on their shapes.

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Fingerling” grapes. Some were the length of my thumb!

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And butternut squash is always good for a laugh :P

I also went to a pilates class at the new gym today! I used to love pilates. I did pilates DVDs almost every day during the first few months of my weight loss. I also briefly paid for classes on campus.

To be honest though, I was kinda “meh” about today’s class. It was “classical” pilates, thus all moves I’ve done a million times before. Sometimes in the same order. I wasn’t completely sold on the instructor. She was good at walking around the class and correcting our positions, but not very good at getting up front and showing us what needed to be done. If you were a newbie, you’d be completely lost. Not sure if I’ll go back all that frequently, but it will make for a nice yoga alternative on active rest days.

Otherwise, I had a pretty chill day. Put in a very short evening at work, and spent money I don’t have on a long-sleeve running shirt and shell jacket. I’m determined to run outdoors until the snow falls this year. Last year, I was doing Couch to 5k at this time, and retreated to the treadmill as soon as it hit October 1st. Time to toughen up I think! :P

I also did some blog updating. I added Roasted Red Pepper and Garlic Hummus, Lentil and Bulgur Salad and Fibre Tarts to the Eats page. Updated my Products page with new “featured products” as well as some of the listed items. Finally, I added a whole new page with all of my favourite posts! So go check it out! I linked a lot of posts from my old blog, because I don’t want them to be forgotten. A lot happened while I was blogging at Trying for a Tri!

Now it’s time for me to go catch up on Greek. How did three episodes happen already?? Any new TV shows you’re looking forward to this fall? Seems like there’s tons now with Gossip Girl, The Biggest Loser and America’s Next Top Model (hey, I watch enough news to counterbalance it all :P ) Of course the one I’m most looking forward to, Lost, probably won’t start till the new year!

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