Happy weekend!! I’m on the eternal weekend over here… I’ve been unemployed for exactly 8 weeks now! Or, I should say, “without work.” It’s an intentional stint of unemployment, but I am getting antsy to get my hands dirty again :)
There is chicken bacon in the fridge that needs to be eaten up, but I also really wanted pancakes for breakfast.
So I made both.
Mixed up a double batch of my oatmeal cottage cheese protein pancakes (minus the sweeteners) and threw in the cooked bacon.
I do not recommend this cottage cheese.Watery with a rubbery taste. Ew.
Bacon and maple syrup are an amazing combo… too bad I’m hooked on the sugar-free stuff.
Just another piece of evidence that bacon does in fact make everything better.
As a side note, Sister Sara ate hers with real maple syrup and half a banana. She’s a girl who knows how to do it right ;)
I spent all morning putting 118 Banff photos on Facebook so my dad can see them.
Then I received this text message:
That was all the push I needed to get my butt in gear and to the gym!!
I ran the 7 minutes it takes to get the gym. I LOVE being able to run to the gym. It makes weight days seem so much easier. I just run there, do my thang in the weight room, and run back. None of this cardio machine silliness.
Another full-body day with an emphasis on the upper body. My glutes are still hammered from my last session!
|Step-up (alternating legs)||50 lbs||20||3||Quads, Glutes, Calves|
|One arm dumbbell row||25 lbs||10||3||Back|
|Stiff leg deadlift||50 lbs||10||3||Lower back, hamstrings, glutes|
|Incline dumbbell fly||15 lbs ea||10||3||Chest, front of shoulders|
|Dumbbell pullover||20 lbs||10||3||Chest, front shoulders, top of back|
|Side lunge with dumbbell front raise||7.5 lbs ea||10||3||Glutes, inner thighs, quads, front shoulder|
|Standing calf raise (on machine)||85 lbs||10||3||Calves|
|Cable pushdown||60 lbs||10||3||Triceps|
|Plank off bench||n/a||60 sec||3||Abs|
|Standing dumbbell curl||12.5 lbs ea||10||3||Biceps|
Colour coded again! Matching colours = alternating sets. Even though I only did one isolated ab move, I feel like I got a good core workout with this one. Those dumbbell pullovers require a lot of stabilization in that area.
Refuelled with a big ole’ green salad in anticipation for my rib feast later. Just the typical garden salad with tuna for my protein, mozzarella cheese for my fat, and watered down hummus for the dressing.
Then it was on to my special project for the day.
I had a whack of rosemary left after making boeuf bourguignon. My mind immediately went to Banff. The yoga studio we went to was located above a bakery that smelled like herbed focaccia. It was mouth watering.
For some reason though, I didn’t feel like focaccia. No, I wanted biscuits. Something I could eat with eggs in the morning, or perhaps a rack of ribs ;)
Buttermilk biscuits are traditional, yes, but silly when you also have a tub of yogurt in the fridge waiting to be used.
A quick Google search lead me to this Emeril Lagasse recipe.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
1/2 to 3/4 cup buttermilk3/4 cup plain greek yogurt
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Work the butter into the flour with your fingertips or a fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the rosemary. Add 1/2 cup of the buttermilk a little at a time, using your hands to work it in just until incorporated and a smooth ball of dough forms. Add up to additional 1/4 cup buttermilk if necessary, being very careful not to overwork the dough or the biscuits will be tough.
On a lightly floured surface, pat the dough into a circle about 7 inches in diameter and 1/2-inch thick. Using a 1-inch round cookie cutter, cut out 12 biscuits.
Place the biscuits on a medium baking sheet. Bake until golden on top and lightly browned on the bottom, 10 to 12 minutes. Serve warm.
12 mini biscuits(I got 20)
No cookie cutters were found in my sister’s kitchen, however there was a nice assortment of shot glasses.
I really hope my new apartment in Toronto is well-cooled. I don’t know how I’ll survive baking with a 450F oven otherwise.
They were done in 10 minutes flat and smelled heavenly. Almost as good as Rocky Mountain Yoga!!
I calculated the nutritionals on these, and because they’re so small, one biscuit is only 44 calories. #win.
As per the baking rules, I had one immediately out of the oven with butter.
My first ever batch of biscuits were not only downright delicious (toot toot) but also crazy simple!! I keep passing all these wonderful bakeries here in Ottawa, and then think to myself that it’s so much more fun to just bake at home :)
Afterwards Sara and I went to a 90-minute Hatha Flow class. It was pretty fun! I did this:
Just with the assistance of two people and a couple straps ;)
Then it was time for RIBS. Ohbaby.
Ottawa has this thing called Ribfest where a bunch of restaurants set up grills down a pedestrian street and sell nothing but pulled pork sandwiches and ribs.
People get pretty excited about it, but I can’t think of a more messy food to eat on the side of the street.
Sara was down there over lunch and picked up extra for me!
Paired with a baked-fresh Rosemary Yogurt Biscuit.
And my first ever pulled pork sandwich!! It was good, although a little too much on the sauce-y side for me. How is it that ribs don’t taste like the rest of the pig??
Anyways, as you can see this was all incredibly delicious. But mygoodness I am paying for it now. Too much barbecue sauce for this tummy. It’s awfully hard to indulge when my stomach insists on rebelling like this!!
I hope it’s better for eggs and biscuits in the morning :)
See ya tomorrow!! xoxo
Happy Waffle Wednesday!!!
Confession: I couldn’t wait until Wednesday this week, and ate up my waffles on Tuesday. I was waffling in spirit though :) Actually, today was more of a Weightlifting Wednesday. Alliteration Wednesday??
In my unemployment, I’ve become accustomed to waking up at 7am every morning when my mom’s boyfriendlifepartner wakes up. I make breakfast, drink coffee, relax, then go to the gym with my mom when she’s ready. This really is the ideal workout situation for me, as I’m adequately fuelled and caffeinated for when the real work begins.
However, life was not always so agreeable. Back in my working days (almost a month ago!!) I was up at 5am every day to hit up the gym before my office job. I got pretty used to this routine, and my body adjusted to the early morning beating.
Suffice it to say, this is no longer the case :P This morning I woke up, gobbled up a banana, and was on the elliptical within 30 minutes of rising. Whoa. Shock to the ole system. Took me much longer to get into the groove, but once I did it was gooood!
Warm-up: 15 minutes on the elliptical, increasing resistance
Straight set (x3)
One arm dumbbell snatch (shoulders, quads, glutes)
Solid, solid lifting workout folks! Lately I’ve been alternating between upper-body and lower-body moves with my full-body workouts. I used to do all compound moves, but I’ve noticed more results with a few extra isolation moves thrown in there. Whole thing took me an hour. Doing supersets helps me speed through it.
Oh yes, and why exactly was I up working out so early when I’m unemployed?
I had things to attend to of course!
Fun things :) Friends of Sister Jane were in town playing a show. Bette & Wallet play vamped up folk music, you can listen to them here! And while we’re on it, Sister Jane is a musician as well. She’s currently working on her third album, and you should most definitely go listen to her music here.
There, I think I have all my shameless plugs accounted for.
The only thing that could have made this concert better was some free food. Wait! It had that too!
There was a “backyard bbq” theme. Despite the event actually being held on the stage of a theatre. I showed up hungry and figured I could snack on the veggie tray until I found something better after we left. Little did I know it was going to be good food!!
Albeit, not the “healthiest” food. The options were beef chili, seafood chowder, dinner rolls, bbq drumsticks, ribs and a raw veggie tray.
As soon as I saw the chili I knew I was good. Chili is surprisingly a good choice at times like these (if you love the beef). It’s not made with cream, is chock full of veggies, meat and fibre, and relatively low-cal. I had one scoop of the chili (~1 cup), a piece each of the ribs and chicken just to get a taste, and filled the rest of my plate with veggies.
It was the perfect serving! I got to try some of the yummy stuff, without feeling gross and overstuffed after. They were also offering black forest cake and carrot cake, but I put my foot down to that. Ohyes, and I think I may have a new addiction to ribs ;)
That held me over for a long time while we visited with my Nana after. Only needed a small snack to hold me over till dinner.
Homemade Maple Cinnamon Protein Bar made with rolled oats instead of oat bran, and added raisins. Never fail!
Dinner was yet another feast. I have definitely been eating well lately!
Mother dearest put together a tossed salad.
While Mark made the dressing – 2 parts apple cider vinegar, one part canola oil, and some secret seasonings. He tells me that Dr. Oz says this oil/vinegar combo can make you burn an extra 50 calories a day doing nothing. Fact: so can adding one pound of lean muscle ;)
Taters! And the star of the show:
Baked trout. I love trout, I definitely need more of it in my life. I always seem to gravitate toward salmon instead.
My plate! Notice the new design? My mom replaced the old 1970s plates with ones from the cottage.
Fish + veggies is my favourite meal EVER.
Then we dropped Sister Sara off at the airport :( It’s okay though, I’ll be seeing her again in Ottawa in three weeks!
Okay, I was totally going to blog all about the Perfect Plank tonight. But honestly, my mommy is downstairs watching the Idol finale and I want to join her! Tomorrow, I will yammer about plank exercises. Promise :)
Questions of the Day:
1. What is your favourite kind of fish? Salmon if it’s fresh, tuna if it’s canned.
2. How do you feel about catered events? Do you partake? I never used to, but they don’t frighten me as much anymore. If worse comes to worst, I can have a dinner roll and that emergency protein bar I always carry in my purse :)