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Keeping it Sweet

Aahhhhh, it was so hard to leave this face this morning!!!!!

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I got up even earlier this morning (5am) to take him outside before going to spin class. He was so upset when I left, it tugged on my heart! Archie’s been following me everywhere, kinda like a poodle-shaped shadow ;)  But my mom says it’ll get better once he realizes that I actually come back.

Spin class today was probably my worst. I don’t know what happened! It definitely felt tough, but halfway through I started feeling sick. Thirsty, but the thought of drinking made me want to throw up. I felt okay on the bike, but knew I’d be in trouble once I got off. Sure enough, during the stretching, I got a ringing in my ears and started seeing black dots everywhere. I quickly wiped off my bike praying I wouldn’t topple over before getting out of there. I immediately went into the air-conditioned hallway and sat by a window until I felt like I could stand again, then took a cold shower.

So frightening! I didn’t do anything different from my usual routine, except perhaps ate my pre-workout snack (bread + PB + jam) 15 minutes earlier than I normally do. My gut tells me I was dehydrated/undernourished. Perhaps lacking in electrolytes, as I lose them quickly compared to most people. Just when I think I’ve got it down to a tee, my body throws me a curveball! Going to try weightlifting tomorrow with extra food/water. If it happens again, I will leave and take a few more days off.

Breakfast was nourishing to say the least.

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Clementines, boiled eggs, Taste of Nature Persian Pomegranate Garden bar.

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Nutritionals for the bar found here. It was better than I was expecting!! The first two ingredients are sesame seeds and fig pieces so it had a wonderful gooey, crispy texture. Thumbs up!

Morning/afternoon snacks were homemade dark chocolate s’mores protein bars.

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Oooohhhhh yeeeaaahhh. Recipe at the end of the post!

Lunch!

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Sundried tomato tuna, hummus, feta, black olives. And the usual plethora of baby carrots.

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Carrots are high in sugar, I think that’s why I like ‘em so much ;)

After eating, I proceeded to drive to the grocery store, shop, drive home, put the groceries away, take the dog out and drive back to work all in a 60 minute lunch break! This is me tooting my own horn. Toot.

Getting groceries at lunch meant I could rush home after work and get started on this feast right away.

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Two chicken thighs off a rotisserie chicken. Heated up in the oven.

The real star of the show was the veggies!

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I sprinkled sweet potato, broccoli and cauliflower with garam masala before roasting them. I used the Clubhouse kind which includes a mix of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, coriander, red pepper, onion, carrot, garlic, etc. SO good. It was such an amazing flavour, loved every delicious bite.

The chicken was good too – I love dark meat!

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The skin was given to the pooch :)

Archie by the way has a really funny way of eating. He grabs one piece of food, brings it into the living room, then starts playing with it like a cat.

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He throws it around, gets down and starts wagging his bum like he’s going to attack. One piece at a time… :P

Meanwhile, I’ve been enjoying decadent protein desserts.

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I’ve been adding a tablespoon of cocoa powder and a stevia packet to my usual protein pudding (1 1/2 scoops chocolate protein powder mixed with water to thicken). I kid you not, it tastes just like brownie batter. I feel like I’m licking the brownie bowl eating this!! It’s almost too rich. Almost ;)

Ooooh, speaking of rich and decadent, my new protein bars!

 

Homemade Dark Chocolate S’more Protein Bars

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 4 scoops chocolate protein powder (I use whey)
  • 4 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 packet stevia
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp marshmallow fluff
  • 1/2 tbsp mini chocolate chips

Mix everything but the fluff together, adding water until powder is just dissolved and sticky. (the more you mix, the more it dissolves, so add sparingly). Lightly stir in fluff. Flatten into a square pan and let harden in fridge.

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Makes 8 rich, knock-your-sweet-tooth-out bars.

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And with that, it’s someone’s bedtime!

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I apologize if I’m MIA from blogland this week, I’m spending all spare minutes cramming my brain with personal training info before my test on Friday. Wait a tick, I don’t apologize. It’s important that I pass!! (and can pass all my knowledge on to you guys ;) )

 

Question of the Day: On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you grade your sweet tooth? (10 being the sweetest) Umm, if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, it should come as no surprise that mine comes in at a solid 9.2. Chocolate of course is my favourite, generic candy a close second.

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My apartment has been thoroughly sniffed and I think it passes inspection…

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I’ve got this little bugger staying at my place for three weeks while my mom is in Florida! I am so excited to have Archie here. First, it’s nice to have another body wandering around my place, but I also like having another creature besides myself to look after. He’s a 13-year-old apricot miniature poodle by the way, and his full name his Archibald Dylan. He’s pleased to meet you all :)

Was in bed early last night and slept a full 8.5 hours!! Wooo! That never happens. I felt like junk when I first got up, but my cold has progressed into a light cough. So it’s going through the motions at least!

Breakfast was so good Saturday I had the same thing today.

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Eggs on ezekiel bread with an orange (need my Vitamin C to fight this cold!)

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Except today I scrambled my eggs and switched out the butter for bacon. I never have fresh bacon like this and it was sooooo good. Must put on grocery list ;)

I didn’t work out again today. Figured I’d rather take another rest day than just aggravate my cold. I’m not in a spot where I worry about falling off the workout bandwagon, so a few days rest is refreshing once in a while.

So guess what I did today instead? I studied! Ahhh, so many muscle fibres, joint movements and program recommendations to memorize. There’s a reason I did Liberal Arts in university ;)

Lunch was a ginormous salad, using up all the ingredients in the house! Oops sorry mom.

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I heated some chicken strips in Bull’s Eye steak sauce and topped it with feta cheese a la Lori.

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Bbq and feta really is a combo that can’t be beat!

I’ve spent aaaalllll weekend studying, I hardly got to hang out with my mom while home! Only in between online course modules…

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And I hid behind my laptop the whole time ;)

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I looked kinda zoned out there. Eyes glazed over from trying to remember the difference between abductor and adductor.

We did get to see my Nana though!! I snacked on some baked Lays chips she randomly had out (Nana’s always have bowls of munchables out).

Not only that, but she packed me an egg salad sandwich for the road!!

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Nana’s egg salad sandwiches are the best everever.

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Cut in the little squares just like she always does – and the crust was even cut off!

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<3 Similar to the little sandwiches you get at church functions, but better :) I had it for supper along with a macinstosh  she packed me that I cut up and sprinkled with cinnamon.

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And the remnants of a bag of sugar snap peas I discovered in my empty veggie drawer.

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Groceries are definitely on the schedule for tomorrow, along with 6am spin class, work, showing my apartment, and of course spending every spare moment with this pup.

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But as for now, Archiekins and I have some golf to watch ;)

P.S. Why am I watching golf???

 

Question of the Day: Do you have pets? Tell me about them!

Flashyback Friday!

I think Rudy and I are on the same page.

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Made it to my mom’s safely!! I hightailed it outta there the second I got off work. I’ve gone from boring-town to a thriving household. My three step-siblings are here this weekend (ages16, 14, and 12) and we had some visitors in the form of toddlers. I like the quiet, but I get a kick out of the chaos too :)

However, two words adequately describe how I’m currently feeling – run down. Oof! It was a four-day work week for me, which sounds awesome, but not when you’re trying to cram five days worth of work into that. I went to spin class this morning and it was tough! My body is definitely tired, not to mention I’m nursing a sore throat. A good night’s SLEEP will hopefully help :)

I ate the usual desk-breakfast this morning, but I got to eat lunch at home! I showed my apartment over the noon-hour, so I threw something together while I was there.

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  • rotisserie chicken
  • cottage cheese
  • red onion
  • tomato
  • hummus

Something was missing after this though, so I went back and added black olives and pickles.

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Delicious!! Might seem on the odd side, but just think of it as a chicken salad :)

With extra veg on the side.

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*crunch*

Supper was eaten during the 90-minute drive to my  mom’s.

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Peanut butter + protein powder dissolved with water

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Sandwiched together in perfect har-moh-nee. Don’t let the photos fool you though. I made a crumbly mess all over myself eating this in the car. Had an apple with it too!

 

Flashback Friday – Randoms!

Being at my mom’s means I have access to hundreds of old photos. I couldn’t decide which to focus on, so I just grabbed a stack and took photos of my favourite ones. Enjoy!

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Sisters Jane and Sara circa 1984 (pre-me!) playing a harmonica duet. Fun fact: sister Jane is now a professional musician!

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Blizzard of 1991. I remember opening that front door and seeing a giant wall of snow. It was nuts.

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My fifth birthday. A pool party at the Howard Johnson. Ohman, pool parties were the coolest back then. We then celebrated in the restaurant and they made me cupcakes.

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Unwrapping presents giddy with excitement.

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Something that apparently carries into adulthood ;)

Sisters!!!

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Baaaaahahaha. How stylish are we?? Sister Jane on the right has gold stars actually hanging off her purple shirt.

It should be noted that my dad was a pretty good photographer.

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I think he had a Nikon SLR?? (pre “D”SLR days) And took courses as well.

Of course, I wasn’t always cute. I went through my awkward punk-rock phase..

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Attractive? No. Hilarious? You bet! Me, sister Sara and sister mom in Mexico. Sara did a university exchange to Cuernavaca which was an excellent excuse for my mother and I to go visit.

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Mom in front of the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan outside of Mexico City. Amazing.

That wraps up this week’s random flashback! I’ll try to capture some more while I’m home. Maybe next time I’ll build a narrative or something ;)

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