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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 Atkins bars used to be my favourite protein bar, but they’ve been replaced by PowerBars.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 ;)

Tour de Fredericton – Partie Deux

Thank you sooooo much for all the positive feedback on yesterday’s post! I don’t know why I was so nervous about posting that picture and talking about it. I guess I didn’t want to look like I was “showcasing” my weight loss in a “look at me” kind of way. But I have the awesomest readers ever, and you all understood the meaning behind the rambles :)

For the record, my blogging uniform isn’t as nice.

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Sometimes I like not living with my boyfriend!! :P

I think I deserve to be lounging around in an oversized tee after my 4:30 am wake-up and crazy long bike ride today. Wanna hear about it?

Work eats were the norm. Breakfast cookie.

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I changed things up and added sliced almonds instead of coconut. Livin on the edge.

My new favourite bar (Luna is in trouble!)

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Peanut butter PowerBar. Kinda like a bar-shaped cookie! One of the best things about these bars is that the first ingredient is “whole oats.” Can’t go wrong with that, especially in a “protein bar.”

Lunch was not the usual white – but pink!

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Smoked salmon and laughing cow cheese on an english muffin.

And a braeburn…

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I was excited as this was my first braeburn experience. But I think I got a bad one, because there were some brown mushy spots inside even though it looked bruise-free. Good thing I’ve got more!

I then rushed home to watch the last 10k of the Tour de France. It was so exciting!! Cavendish (on his Scottie) whipped out in the last 1k and took his sixth stage. He may have lost the green jersey, but it was still pretty sweet :)

Then there was a little food porn to get me ready for my bike ride.

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Cinnamon raisin bagel, 1/2 a smooshed banana, 1 tbsp almond butter. Sweet jebus, this was good.

I was thisclose to putting off my long bike ride for this week. But in the end, I liked the idea of spending my afternoon on a “leisurely” bike ride :)

Duration: 2 hour and 24 minutes
Distance: 55 km (34 miles)
Avg Speed: 23 km/hr (14 mph)
Max Speed: 40 km/hr (25 mph)

The first 30 minutes seemed to drag on, but I eventually got into a groove. I ate four dates with PB at the 90-minute mark. It was perfect! My energy was starting to wane a little, but it was just enough to carry me through that last hour. I just wish I didn’t have to pee after the first 20k :( By the end of the ride I didn’t want to get off!! However, my crotch, neck, wrists and bladder would not have been impressed with that.

Next week – 60 km!!

I’m putting my morning workout off tomorrow until after work so my body has a proper 24 hours to recover from the bike ride. While it wasn’t overly taxing, it was still a significant amount of activity.

I had lots of time to think of what I was going to make for my recovery shake.

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  • 2 scoops Vega Smoothie Infusion
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond breeze
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 1/2 a banana
  • 1/2 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 scoops plain yogurt
  • handful frozen papaya chunks

The papaya chunks were added after I tried it and felt the texture was off. They make it so much smoooother!

After stretching, rolling and showering, I got started on another awesome homemade burrito.

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This burrito contained 1/2 cup Eden Organic Caribbean rice & beans, 1 scrambled egg, onions, mushrooms and a laughing cow cheese wedge (cause they make everything taste better).

Don’t worry, I also had my “congratulatory piece of chocolate” for my bike ride ;)

Eeek! My landlord just stopped by and said they’re showing my apartment on Tuesday!!! I’m going to have to whip this place into shape! Oh my gosh, I don’t know if that’s possible. There are some closets that need some serious cleaning, and a floor that hasn’t been vacuumed in weeks because my vacuum cleaner is broken (a certain boyfriend told me not to fix it myself because he can do it, I have yet to see these “skillz”)

Random Question: Are you a tidy person??

This may or may not be obvious, but I’m really messy. I have this tendency to not notice when things are lying around or in the way…

Have a great start to your week! :D

Edited to add: I forgot! I’m on Twitter!! I joined in a moment of office boredom. Please come visit me over there, I’m completely lost and have no friends! http://twitter.com/BalanceSusan

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