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Hi friends! Hope everyone’s week has gone by swimmingly. Mine’s been pretty relaxed – definitely needed and appreciated :)

My alarm went off at 5:45 am and I had second thoughts about going to the gym. Actually, I do not hop out of bed bright-eyed and bushy-tailed every morning. I’m quite grumpy until I get some food and caffeine in me. I think the key is to just know that the haziness doesn’t last long.

Sooo, I hobbled into my gym clothes, walked into a few walls, ate half a banana and PB, chugged back a glass of iced coffee and stumbled out the door. Today was a treadmill day. Yup – straight up treadmill, because I FOUND MY IPOD!! Wooo! Here’s how my hour of running and entertaining tunes went down…

*on a 1% incline

Minutes Speed – MPH
0-5 3.5
5-10 5.6
10-20 1-minute intervals of 6.0 and 6.4
20-30 1-minute intervals of 6.2 and 6.6
30-40 1-minute intervals of 6.4 and 6.8
40-50 1-minute intervals of 6.6 and 7.0
50-55 6.0
55-60 3.5

Loved being back at it! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve ran anything over 3 miles, but I did 5.3 pretty “easily” today. Next week I’ll get up earlier and do 10k ;)

Showered and went straight to work, where I risked my life to eat yogurt.

Liberte Greek yogurt

I mixed up the remainder of my Liberte Greek yogurt with cashew butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, shredded coconut and dates last night, then I left it out on the counter!! It was in my insulated lunch bag, so that probably kept it temperate for an extra couple hours. It smelled/tasted fine this morning so I just went for it. That’s $3 worth of yogurt right there!!!

Liberte Greek yogurt
I sprinkled on some fauxnola granola at the office. Dare I say, it was delicious! Nut butter in Greek yogurt is much better than in regular yogurt.

Chased down with some more iced coffee.

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I actually prefer my coffee hot, but the iced stuff is quicker to drink in the morning. It’s also more thirst quenching after the gym ;)

Work was uneventful, I came home to a deep dish salad. 

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  • spinach
  • onions
  • mushrooms
  • tomatoes
  • yellow & orange pepper
  • pickles
  • capers
  • smoked mackerel

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For the dressing, I mixed up a laughing cow cheese wedge, yellow mustard, 1 tsp olive oil and pickle juice. It was reallyreally good!! Probably one of the better homemade dressings I’ve ever made!

Dessert was a few of these bad boys:

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I often get comments from people noting how I can eat only five M&Ms or one Hershey’s Kiss at a time. First off, I don’t view these as a “snack,” but a teeny sweet treat after a meal. I usually have at least a couple sweet treats like this throughout the day. I rather spread it out than eat it all in one sitting. Plus, I suck on these eggs until they melt in my mouth – it takes almost five minutes!

Shortly after dinner I found the energy to go to yoga class. I’ve been putting it off all week, but was motivated by knowing tonight’s instructor does mostly gentle hatha. Plus, I got to wear my new Lululemon pants!

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And apparently do jazz hands. Props to my Canon self-timer for taking this photo ;)

Yoga was actually challenging tonight! She had us doing a bunch of “bladder friendly” poses. Picture lots of frog poses and equally embarrassing legs-spread bum-in-the-air type things :P

I was pretty hungry by the time I came home again, so I immediately made another carrot peanut butter protein cake.

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  • 1 scoop (30g) vanilla whey protein powder
  • cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp egg whited
  • 2 tbsp carrot baby food
  • 1/2 tbsp peanut butter

All stirred up in a mug and popped in the microwave for 90 seconds. I topped it with marshmallow fluff watered down with almond milk. And sprinkled of course! Yumyum :)
 

Q&As

I’m getting some great questions for my next round of Q&A’s! I’m going to dedicate whole posts to a few of them, and then just sprinkle them throughout other posts. Today’s questions come from the ever-talented Sophia:

1) What was your dream job when you were little? Was it journalism?
2) ‘fess up! Ever crave fast food? ;-)

1) When I was little, I thought I was going to be a veterinarian. That idea was soon lost after getting an electric guitar for my 14th birthday, after which I was convinced I was destined for punk-rock stardom. There were brief periods where I though I wanted to be an English teacher, flight attendant, career barista, and MTV host. I think the most recent dream jobs have all involved communication to some degree, and that’s probably why I ended up doing journalism in university. It’s still my dream to communicate what I’m passionate about with people. That’s why I’m pursuing personal training, and hopefully will find a job writing about it!

2) Yes! More specifically – Burger King veggie burgers. I used to eat them all the time when I was a vegetarian and I love them. Even the sketchy mayo that comes on top. But I was a vegetarian between the ages of 14-22, what I would consider to be the fast-food “formative years.” So I never had a chance to develop a taste for greasy burgers and chicken nuggets. Also, I never liked fast-food french fries. I’m a Maritimer, I need a good potato!!

 

Now it’s your turn! What was your dream job growing up? And what’s you favourite fast food??

Remember, if you have a question, anything from food, fitness, or personal fun stuff, leave me a comment or e-mail thegreatbalanacingact@gmail.com

See ya tomorrow!

Opening the Floor

Did you have your waffles today??

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Waffle Wednesday has officially become my third favourite day of the week (behind Saturday and Sunday, of course). Wednesdays are now my regular full-on rest day from the gym. Which means sleeping in late(er), making breakfast in my peejays, and drinking a whole (giant) mug of coffee while perusing the internet.

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Until I realize I have 20 minutes to shower and primp, and rush off late for work :P Today was just one massive waffle instead of my two regular big ones ;)

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/3 cup egg whites
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • dash vanilla extract
  • 1 package stevia

All blended up and made in the belgian waffle maker, then topped with peanut butter, blueberry jam and maple syrup. Puuurrrfect way to get over that mid-week hump!

Work’s been pretty good this week. Things have slowed down a bit so it feels like I have time to catch my breath between assignments. I actually love being busy at work, but I also need that down time of easy stuff in-between.

Snacks!

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Banana+cashew butter mid-morning. I totally thought I packed peanut butter and got quite the surprise when I tasted it.

Lunch!

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Leftovers from supper yesterday – Olive & Feta hummus stuffed chicken breast, roasted pepper quash, parsnip and turnip. Dude. I don’t know why it has taken me so long to realize that making extra food at suppertime makes for suuuuuper easy lunch preparation the next day. I guess it’s because I have access to a microwave at work for the first time. This meal would not have been as yummy cold.

Speaking of cold meals – check it out!!!

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GREEK YOGURT!!!! In my fridge. Better yet, in my belly.

Not sure if everyone knows, but I’ve never tried Greek yogurt before. Up until now, there hasn’t been a brand that made it available where I live in New Brunswick. Thank you Liberte.

Now, I know making Greek yogurt is easy peasy, but I could never figure out if the stats on the homemade stuff would be the same. Anyone got any insight on this?

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Doesn’t get much better than 20g protein for 110 calories!

I paired the yogurt with a free sample I got off the Kashi website.

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Toasted Berry Crisp cereal. The stats are just like many of the other Kashi cereals… decent on the protein, good on the fibre.

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All packed up for my afternoon snack!

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So what did I think?? Well, first off, I wasn’t that impressed by the cereal. It was too fake tasting with the weird chewy berry bits. And some parts got soft real quick in the yogurt. As for the yogurt – um, Greek yogurt is just thick yogurt. Actually, I didn’t really notice much of a taste or texture difference between the regular Liberte stuff (which is really thick to begin with anyways). I suppose it does taste like sour cream plain. And you can’t beat the protein content. But it’s also five bucks a pop, and I don’t rely on yogurt for protein. So it’s nice as a treat!

All these hot lunches had me craving a cold supper! It’s been almost a week since I had a pita! That had to be remedied at once.

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  • smoked mackerel
  • laughing cow cheese
  • mustard 
  • pickles
  • red onion
  • tomato
  • spinach

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Can you see the mackerel poking out from behind the spinach?? Wikipedia tells me that Atlantic mackerel is extremely high in vitamin B12 and has almost twice the Omega 3 of salmon. Suh-weet!!

This evening I “attended” a webinar on the Can-Fit-Pro conference being held in Moncton next month. Still debating whether or not to go. The timing and price aren’t that great, but it will be a great learning opportunity for me as a future personal trainer, and maybe I could make some contacts?

While webinar-ing, I snacked on a carrot protein cake. 

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  • 1 scoop (30g) vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • dash cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger
  • 2 tbsp carrot puree (ahem, baby food)
  • 2 tbsp egg whites

All mixed up in a mug then popped in the microwave for 90 seconds. Turns into a HUGE cake. I topped mine with a peanut butter/almond milk mix to make the nut butter go farther ;) Yumyum!

 

So I contemplated doing the anonymous questionnaire on formspring that many bloggers have been doing lately. But I’m one of those losers who doesn’t appreciate anonymity on the internet. Maybe it’s the journalist in me. Aaaanyways, I would really like to do another round of Q&A, it’s been a while since the last time and I lot has changed in my life since then! So I’m opening the floor for questions, silly or serious, don’t be shy! You can leave them in the comments, or e-mail them to me personally at thegreatbalancingact@gmail.com If you don’t want your name attached, just let me know. I’m pretty open about most things, so go nuts! :D

Protein Waffles & Protein Cakes

So happy so many of you are on board for Fatty February! Emily, my partner in crime on this one, wrote a post on the positive effects of dietary fats on hormones. Go read it!

I also got some great suggestions for extra sources of fat: coconut, hummus, flax oil, fish oil supplements and low or full fat dairy (like yogurt). Today mayonnaise magically occurred to me. Leah also suggested Mexican food, which made me laugh. She’d know though – her doctor put her on a 100g of fat a day diet!

I also got some helpful comments about my skin. Some people noted it could be related to food allergies (although, I have been tested for gluten and lactose allergies and I’m clear there) and sleep! Hmm… verrrrry interesting you guys. I will keep you updated on how all of this goes. And yes mom, I am putting the calamine cream on it every night :)

Okay! It’s Wednesday! Which means it’s time for some obligatory Waffle Wednesday waffle porn!

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See that?? It’s buttah!!

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Oooh, I love it when butter melts on waffles and creates little pools. I used just a tsp and for 35 extra calories I got a little fat and a lot of good taste!

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I used my protein pancake recipe and added some frozen blueberries and ground flax. I maaaay have strategically planned today as my day off from the gym so I could make waffles ;)

Work eats:

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Banana + Naturally More almond butter for my morning snack.

Lunch:

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Ham, cheese and pickle sandwich with mustard & mayo. Baby carrots and sugar snap peas for some munching on the side.

Afternoon snack attack:

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Yoplait Source muesli yogurt cup and roasted almonds. I’m not the biggest fan of flavoured yogurts, but I love these yogurt cups. They’re almost a vice for me.

Dinner was quick n’ easy – leftovers!

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Spinach and Ham Ricotta Pie with some steamed brussels sprouts and broccoli on the side. Once again, my eyes were larger than my stomach and I served myself too much. I ended up not eating one of those pieces of pie. I always overload my plate, then feel like I have to finish it all off. Not a good combo to have!

Now, the real blogworthy event here. One of the best evening snacks I’ve had in a while.

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Sweet potato spiced protein cake.

  • 1 scoop (30g) vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp splenda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • dash pumpkin spice
  • 2 tbsp sweet potato puree baby food
  • 2 tbsp egg whites
  • 1 tbsp raisins

All stirred up in a mug and nuked for 90 seconds in the microwave. The “icing” is just 1 tbsp peanut butter whisked with a teeeeny bit of almond milk and vanilla extract to fluff it up a little.

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Oh. Em. Gee. This was uh-mazing. First, the texture!! It was the best texture I’ve achieved with a protein cake yet. I think it’s because I doubled the protein powder,which made it more “cake-y” and less “sponge-y.” And how can anything doused in cinnamon and peanut butter not be delicious? Exactly :)

Today’s fat intake: 54g, or 31% of macronutrients. Don’t worry, I won’t be pointing this out everyday. I’ve just been counting my calories these past few days so it’s easy to grab the info!

Yes, I am counting calories. I am still incredibly unhappy with my weight gain, as I touched upon in this post. A weight gain that I blame on goodies such as those seen in this post. I’ve confirmed the extra belly pudge by taking my measurements, so my eyes aren’t just deceiving me when I look in the mirror. ‘Tis the tale of maintaining weight loss – it’s always going up and down and never staying the same. Thankfully, it’s at least no longer going up ;)

Oh, and for those of you that are interested, I tried out Spark People and didn’t care for it. So I went back to ole faithful The Daily Plate/Livestrong. They have a “New MyPlate” option for tracking which I lovelovelove. Much easier.

Okay bloggie friends, that wraps it up for tonight. See ya tomorrow for some more fat, a cardio sesh, and a more serious topic that I think many of you will be able to relate with. See ya then!

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