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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?

Cleaning up and Clearing up

Hiii!!!!

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I got my hair did!! Not sure if you can tell by the picture on the side, but my hair was getting looooong. I’m pretty sure the longest parts were midway down my back! I didn’t let it go on purpose. I got a trim before my graduation in May, then forgot all about it!! You can tell where my personal priorities lay – gym first, grooming second :P

I also picked up a medium mahogany brown colour to dye it as well. I’m naturally quite fair-haired, but it washes me out, so I darken it. Don’t worry, I’ll obnoxiously take pictures of that as well :P

On to the day at hand…

As you could probably tell from my post last night, I was not on the top of my game. Thus, no breakfast cookie was prepared before my drug-induced sleep. I slept almost solid because of my handy dandy Nyquil. Reading the news on the radio irritated my throat all morning, but I’m hopeful after another 8-hour coma + rest day tomorrow, I’ll be back to somewhat normal :)

Oh, yes, no breakfast cookie. Breakfast sandwich instead.

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Back in my pre-weight loss days, I used to eat a fried egg sandwich for breakfast almost every single day. Except, those old-school sandwiches were made with two whole eggs, thick-sliced old cheddar, huge pieces of “birdseed bread” and lotsa butter along the way. Today’s was dry, with one egg, and a pre-sliced piece of light cheddar. For the most part, I really enjoy my “new” foods. But I gotta admit, this did not live up to its former glory.

I chased it down with an orange, in case you were dying to know :P

I rushed through my early morning tasks so I could head to the farmers market before it got busy. I was there at 7am and it was still pitch dark out!! I think it was a little too early, as not all the vendors were set up. It was pretty slim pickings.

Got back and snacked.

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I really enjoy these caramel ReBars. 12g protein and 4 servings of fruit & veggies.

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I mean, they taste like they have four servings of fruit and veggies, but I genuinely enjoy it! Put chocolate and peanuts on anything and I’ll like it :)

Lunch was from the market. Dolma:

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Aka grape leaves stuffed with rice and a few surprise chickpeas.

Pita bread with hummus and tabbouleh.

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It was like a pizza! A very messy, garlicky pizza.

My afternoon snack featured more market goodies. Homemade smoked herring.

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On crackers with laughing cow. The lady I bought this from is known for her smoked salmon, but I bought the herring because it was cheaper. Ohmygodsooogoooood. It was the first time I ever had smoked fish that actually melted in my mouth. Definitely splurging on the salmon next time!

I partnered it with a small McCowan apple.

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The vendor told me it was “a very good eating apple.” Which I would have to agree with. Very crunchy inside and out with a nice hint of tartness. It reminded me a lot of a McIntosh.

Aaaaand a quick Google search just told me it’s the child of a McIntosh! Also known as a Macoun. I probably won’t be eating a lot of them though. I bought a big bag which is destined for apple sauce and other baking projects.

Then it was off to the mall to get my hair done. Dangerous location for a hairdresser, as I also did a little shopping after. I swear I really needed that purse and matching wallet!

If there’s one good thing about doing an 8-hour work day so early, is that it allows me plenty of time to prepare dinner after. I decided today was the perfect day to step up to Janetha’s kitchen clearing challenge. While I may not be moving, I do have tons of dried legumes and grains in my pantry that should really be used up. Personally, I prefer getting my grains from bread and oats, so I never feel inclined to cook them with dinner. Plus, I’ve somehow convinced myself that it takes tons of time, which it doesn’t!

Kitchen clearing dish #1: stuffed bell pepper.

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  • 1 package Yves Original veggie ground round
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 jar basil tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 cup dry quinoa, cooked with 1 cup water
  • 2 laughing cow cheese wedges
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • parmesan cheese to garnish

Every single one of those ingredients, minus the cheeses, have been taking up room in my kitchen for-ever! Even the bell pepper, I bought a huge bag of them weeks ago!

Kitchen clearing dish #2: Dazzled carrots with pears and balsamic

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This dish was 100% inspired by Zesty Cook, whose original recipe can be found here.

I cut the recipe in half, using about 4 carrots and half a pear. I have a few pears in my fridge that are starting to look sad, so I knew this dish was a must when I saw it! I also didn’t use chicken stock because I don’t have any. Instead, I cooked the carrots in a little water, onion, garlic and parsely, then added the pears and balsamic until my tastebuds were happy. This was a stunning dish – I loved it!

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Overall, a delicious meal that I couldn’t even finish.

I would also like to add that the $25 I spent at the market today is the only money I’ve spent on groceries in over 10 days. I need to buy some essentials (*cough* yogurtandcottagecheese*cough*) soon, but I’m pretty pleased with myself. I spend soooo much money on food!

Time to wrap this giant post up with some questions:

1. What’s your favourite kind of apple? Honeycrisp, galas, and red/yellow delicious :)

2. How often do you get your hair done? I typically only get it cut/dyed every six months. I’m pretty sure that’s too long though! I always get a few horrified looks at the hairdresser :P

Have you seen my biking mojo?

Happy Monday…? Ha, I’m definitely not feeling it this week! I’m going away again next weekend (possibly Moncton again or my cottage) so I’m just doing my time this week so I can go away again :)

Let’s back this train up though and take a look at yesterday first. I had my favourite cottage/cheese fruit combo at some point.

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Okay, technically by favourite combo is actually cottage cheese and pineapple. But my body also violently rejects pineapple for some mysterious reason, so pear it is!

I also made it over to my Nana’s which was fun :) My new goal is to make it home more often now that I’m no longer in university and have a working car. Now that I’m getting older, I really feel the need to be around my family more!

I came back to my apartment in time for a bike ride. But it sounded so unappealing to me. What is up with me lately? I have totally lost my biking mojo. It’s been a week since I went, and will likely be another week until I get the chance to go out again. Ah well, I’m sure it’ll come back. I napped instead and actually packed a box, so I wasn’t completely useless :P

I snacked on an Atkins bar. They were on sale this week so I picked up a peanut fudge granola flavour.

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It was alright. Atkins bars used to be my favourite protein bar, but they’ve been replaced by PowerBars. I don’t like all the fake sugar or that they’re made with made with puffed “soy nuggets.” Puffed anything is not filling to me, no matter how much protein is packed in there.

Supper was a fun experiment with a new product my grocery store started carrying.

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Fake chicken! Facken? Ficken?

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Looks good, doesn’t it? I’m usually kinda iffy about simulated meat products that try to take on the texture and taste of real meat. Especially now that I’m a meat eater and can just eat the real thing!

I paired it with some leftover rice and chickpeas from the market, as well as a little market zucchini and tomato salad with sundried tomato dressing and balsamic vinegar.

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Honestly, it was quite good! The first bite threw me off because it tastes nothing like chicken. But I really like the taste of soy, and enjoyed every bite afterward :) The texture is right on too. So even though I could easily eat the real thing, I will be buying this again. It comes in a package that you can pop in the microwave and is quite simple and quick to prepare. It would make for some great work eats!

After dinner, Chris showed up and we went for a ~40 minute walk along the river and back. So I at least got to stretch my legs a little yesterday. I felt much more like myself after that :)

Breakfast was a dark picture of french toast because it’s cloudy and miserable here today (when is it not?).

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Some of my “light bread” dipped in egg whites and pumpkin pie spice. With an orange and almond butter on the side. It made me feel better about it being Monday and all :)

I hit up the gym today for another lifting workout. My biking mojo may be gone, but my pumping iron mojo is back!

Warm-up:
15 minutes on the elliptical, increasing resistance every 2 minutes

A1 – Front squat/push press:
3 sets @ 40 lbs x 8

B1 – Single-leg Romanian deadlift:
3 sets @ 20 lbs ea x 8 each leg

B2 – Bent-over dumbbell row:
3 sets @ 20 lbs ea x 8

C1 – Bulgarian split squat:
3 sets @ 20 lbs x 8 each leg

C2 – YTWL:
3 sets @ 5 lbs ea x 4 each letter

D1 – Hip bridge:
3 sets @ bw x 12

D2 – Prone jackknife:
3 sets @ bw x 8

HIIT:
15 minutes on the elliptical, 1 minute sprints, 2 minutes recovery

Duration: exactly one hour :)
Max HR: 165
Avg HR: 138
Calories: 418

 

Wonderful workout :D I’m a total gym rat by nature. Oh! And I wore my new workout outfit. Having fitted shorts makes a world of difference!

Recovery shake:

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  • 1 scoop Iso Lean peach-mango whey powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen papaya chunks
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 2 scoops plain yogurt

Sooooo good! This was my first time trying the peach-mango powder and it gets a thumbs up. It is pretty sweet, and artificially so. But nice as post-workout treat. I don’t guzzle these things back every day anymore, so I don’t feel so bad about it :)

 

Well I’m going to wrap it up here, turned into a pretty long one! I’m working 3:30-10:30 today. Not fun considering 10:30 pm is what time I usually go to bed! Plus, I’ll have to eat supper on the go. Looks like there may be a pita in my future…

Have a great start to the week everyone! I’ll be back tomorrow ;)

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