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Goals for June + My Favourite Food

For those of you that leave your pets at home all day and wonder what they’re doing while you’re gone – I have your answer.

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Nothing.

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They spend the day sprawled out on the furniture they’re not allowed on when you’re home.

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Puppy nose!!! Paige posted a picture of her dog’s nose a few days ago and my heart melted into a giant puddle. Best doggy part there is.

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Followed closely by paws. And I die.

The dogs weren’t the only comatose beings in the house today – my mom and I both slept until 9am!!

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That’s 9 hours of sleep. I’m not a solid sleeper, so that’s very rare for me. I must have needed it. Or the step-fam was just quiet rushing off to school today.

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Bacon was had to celebrate my lovely night’s sleep, with an egg, mayo, lettuce and tomato on ezekiel bread.

Unemployment is starting to get to me…

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…I thought it was Waffle Wednesday!

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Instead, it was just another Tuesday. Boo. The Van’s Mini Waffles at least make for a great snack when topped with homemade maple pecan peanut butter.

After this, I went to the gym for a 3-mile run, followed by 10 minutes on the rowing machine, and then 10 on the stairmaster. Not gonna lie, my treadmill sesh was bruuuutalll. Not nearly as fun as this contraption I played on yesterday:

It’s the Precor Adaptive Motion Trainer. I’ve tried it before, but couldn’t figure it out and hopped off after a couple minutes. Then Julie posted about it, and I felt the need to step back on. You can do a circular motion like a regular elliptical, swoosh back and forth like an arc trainer, or step like a stair machine.

I did 15 minutes using a regular circular motion and I really liked it!! The best part is that it doesn’t have a set range of motion like most other ellipticals. My freakishly long legs were able to move freely :)

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This is where I show you I ate green food today, because the following set of pictures may lead you to believe otherwise.

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First, I must thank Hallie for introducing me to the World’s Best Recipe – ie Smitten Kitchen blondies.

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It is no secret that I favour sweets above all else. Chocolate chip cookies and brownies are my favourite sweets, ergo my favourite foods. Ever.

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I had never heard of blondies until I started reading food blogs. They are not popular around these parts. Our idea of a “sweet” is a boston cream from Tim’s.

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It eventually dawned on me that blondies are like brownies without the brown. Or, “blonde” “brown”ies if you will ;) I still thought it sounded like a boring ole’ square. Give me my chocolate brownies, or regular chocolate chip cookies and I am good to go. Why would I need more sweets in my already sweet-filled life?

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Oh, how very, very wrong I was. For blondies are like a combination of my two favourite foods in the world. As I explained to my little step-brother while he poked at what I was making, “They’re like brownie cookies!” Sold.

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The recipe is incredibly simple:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup flour

And then there are the fixins. People tend to get crazy creative with blondies. Me? I just like a little chocolate with my butter and sugar please.

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It is approximately here where I regret committing to these blondies, as I’d prefer to just gobble up the rest of the dough from the bowl.

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But I know this is one treat so good that it must be shared.

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Just don’t forget to save a lick for yourself!! Baker’s rights!!

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Then my mother and I proceeded to get in our first argument since I moved back home.

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After 25 minutes in the oven, I felt they only needed one more minute. She felt they needed 5. We bickered before compromising on 3. This is serious business people!!!

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Perfection!!

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My secret to baked goods such as these is to portion them out reeeeal small. I cut it into 24 squares, making them 108 calories each.

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Perhaps still a lot for you volume eaters out there, but I assure you, worth every single calorie.

Not to be outdone, my mother prepared salisbury steak for dinner.

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Along with garlic mashed potatoes and assorted veggies.

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I must admit though, I don’t really care for steak all that much. People say chicken is flavourless, but I find steak is a lot more bland.

No surprise what dessert was.

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With two blurry dog faces in the background. Mind my chocolate-y fingers ;) I think it’s safe to say half the squares are already gone. I heard my mother say “These are so good I’m going to DIE.” :P

 

Last, but definitely not least, it is time to set my goals for June! June is shaping up to be another crazy month. I leave for Calgary next week, to spend a week in Banff with Holly. Then it’s off to Ottawa for 10 days to hang out with my sis, then finally move to Toronto on June 25! Gah!

I thought long and hard about what I wanted to achieve this month, and I’m happy with what I’ve come up with. It’s something I will at times have to consciously work on, but it is most certainly achievable.

 

My goal for June is to SMILE.

 

I want to have fun on all my travels and soak up every experience. I can’t say I’ll be able to adhere to a strict exercise or eating schedule. I know there will be times of stress and anxiety. But I think June has the potential of being one month I will look back on fondly for the rest of my life. I want to keep a smile planted on my face no matter where I am or what I’m doing, hopefully collecting a few good belly laughs along the way :)

 

Question of the Day: Your turn! What are your goals for June??

P.S. I loved hearing everyone’s lessons learned. Those posts always get some of the best comments!!

An Anniversary Remembered

Hello friends! Hope you all had a fabulous day :) My dizziness has thankfully subsided. I played it safe last night and tried out some Amazing Grass Green Super Food to hopefully help things along.

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I won this and the chocolate mix in Angie’s giveaway. I hadn’t used it up to this point because I didn’t really know what to do with it!

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I mixed one (tiny) scoop with 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk. 

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It was… okay. I drank it, but it wasn’t delicious. One thing I’ve noticed about Amazing Grass is that it is pretty filling for a drink powder. The fibre perhaps?

It’s a day off here because of Remembrance Day, which meant plenty of time this morning to celebrate Waflle Wednesday :)

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Drooooool. Used my usual protein pancake recipe and topped with heated strawberries and blueberries then drizzled an almond butter-almond milk mix.

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It was heavenly. But why stop there? I added a little hot chocolate mix to my morning brew ;)

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A perfect way to start my three-day “weekend” :D

I spent my morning and good chunk of my afternoon re-working my resume, writing a gazillion cover letters, and sending them out to as many places as I could think of. So far mostly communications-type jobs. Seems to fit my skill set, and I applied to some really interesting companies that I would be proud to represent :)

At some point, I breaked for chocolate protein yogurt.

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Yumm. P.S. Do not try this with chocolate Amazing Grass. Gets nice and thick, but tastes disgusting. Consider yourself warned.

After letting my boring lunch digest and hitting our daytime high of 9 Celsius, I set out for a long run. Been a couple weeks since I did a long one, and opted for a solid 8 miles. It flew by! Eight is my favourite number, and seems to be a pretty good one for long runs too :) Oh, and I saw two women riding horses on the trail! It was fun, but frightening, as I’m intimidated by horses :\

As always, I whipped up a post-workout smoothie. They just go down so easy!

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  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 scoops Vega Smoothie Infusion
  • handful each frozen strawberries, blueberries, raspberries
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

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It was actually a pleasant purple colour. The cup is pretty, but makes everything look a gross shade of green :P

Not gonna lie, part of my long run was also meant to work up a hunger. Remembrance Day happens to be Chris and I’s anniversary (easy to remember!). Four years!! Although, I say it’s more like two since we live in different cities :P

We celebrated with one of our common hobbies – food. Went to one of Fredericton’s “fancier” restaurants, Brewbakers.

One thing I love about this place is that it has an open kitchen so you can see what the chefs are doing.

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And a pretty decor. One thing I do like about Christmas are the lights!

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Chris ordered, what else, steak.

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It came on top of parmesan garlic mashed potatoes and carrots. I tried a bite and it wasn’t too bad. But I liked my dish much better!

I went for the special, maple balsamic pork.

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On top of roasted baby potatoes, broccolini and grilled cantaloupe. So good! I’ve only had pork once since I started eating red meat again, and this did not disappoint. The maple syrup was of course divine, and I included a sweet bit of cantaloupe in every bite. Yum!

Our server caught me taking photos, and captured Chris and I before digging in.

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We just want our meat :P

I insisted on dessert, and Chris let me choose. I went for the richest, chocolate-y-est thing on the dessert menu.

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Molten lava cake with some decaf black tea. It was deconstructed though, with the “lava” on the outside. The sauce was definitely the best part. Chris and I split it. This is approximately where I went from pleasantly satisfied to FULL :D

Now we’re just taking it easy and Chris is pretending not to like Glee, but I know he secretly loves it ;)

Hope you all had a stellar Hump Day!

Things I learned…

Bah! It’s August already! How does this keep happening?? This morning’s post is going to be borrowed from Ellie’s “Things I Learned This Week.” Except it’s going to be “Things I Learned This Month.” July was a big month for me! 

  • I learned I don’t like steak  but I do love hamburgers.
  • I completely gave up what little vegetarian lifestyle I was clinging onto and embraced eating like my peers at social events
  • My love for hummus was challenged by tzatziki. It has been an all-out battle ever since.
  • I learned that I can do ANYTHING.
  • I learned my body is more than just something that I want to look good. I learned that it carries me through life, and can be challenged in ways I never thought possible.
  • Dude, I did a triathlon!!! 
  • I learned that chocolate pie makes a great dinner
  • I set out new fitness goals for myself, only cementing that I’m in this for the long run. I want to be active for the rest of my life.
  • I learned that life is indeed very long, and in some ways mine is only just starting.
  • I don’t have to do races to feel an enormous sense of accomplishment. 
  • Having a trunk that pops open is in fact the greatest luxury in the world.
  • I only have a few people who truly support me in life, but those few are my rocks, my foundation, and I will never take them for granted.
  • I learned I don’t have to be a clean eater to be “healthy.” Even processed junky foods are fine in moderation.
  • Just because a food is “fresh and healthy” doesn’t mean I can eat it in large quantities. There is such a thing as to much of a good thing.
  • Balance is only ever acheived when you stop obsessing and just let things happen. Letting go is sometimes the best way to achieve the goals I always wanted.

And my favourite picture for July…

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Taken seconds after finishing my first triathlon. It’s true, I really can do anything I put my mind to!

I’ve got a few more things coming up in August:

  • Moving into my sweet new bachelor(ette) pad
  • Going on a weekend getaway with Chris
  • Hopefully visiting my hometown!
  • Sisters coming to visit :)

How about you? What did you learn in July? What are you looking forward to in August?

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