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Off and Running – New Goals!

Hap-p-p-y weekend people!! Or, if you’re like me, happy funemployment ;)

Today was quite possibly the best way to kick off the month of May. It was gorgeous!

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Was up at 6:30am with the sun streaming through the blinds. Wonder how many days of unemployment it will take until I’m no longer up at this time?

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I must say, I’ve done a spectacular job at cleaning out my freezer. This morning, I had a couple Nature’s Path Pomegranate waffles with fried eggs on top. Yolks on the verge…

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I’ve been asked how I fry my eggs without breaking the yolk (I always flip, never sunny-side up). My trick is that I grease the pan. Today I used butter. It was glorious.

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Avec some yogurt and Grape Nuts. This will be my last serving of yogurt for a while. I’ll explain why below!

After digestion, coffee and some extra munchables, I was off and running!

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It was 13 C by the time I made it out the door, and heating up quickly. I did something I haven’t done on a run in a while – I bared my shoulders!

Also wore sunscreen. Very important!!

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And don’t forget the little hole on the back of your Lululemon top. Or else you will end up with a random red dot on your back until November.

Or, so I hear.

With the warm-up and cool-down I was out there for about an hour. 5-ish miles? I haven’t run in almost two weeks because I hurt my foot walking last weekend. I wanted to give it more than enough time to heal before attempting to run, and it actually took days for the pain to go away! No pain running today. In fact, besides a head wind on the way back, it was near perfect.

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Seconds after a run. Don’t you ever say I only post pretty pictures of myself on here ;)

Although, I’m not sure if I could post a picture of myself first thing in the morning like Lori did. My hair takes on a life of it’s own in the twilight hours.

Post-run meal was a giant bowl of goodness.

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Stir-fry with chicken, tofu, bulgur and frozen veggies.

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What made it really out-of-this-world though was the addition of hummus, olives and feta. Stir-fries aren’t just for soy sauce.

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It was amazing. Plus, I used up a fraction of the grains in my cupboard!

Even though I had my morning run out of the way, I still owed the pooch an afternoon walk. It was getting even warmer, so a stroll in the sunshine sounded nice :)

We stumbled upon this spooky looking path, and my curiosity got the best of me.

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I mean, I was protected by a poodle, right?

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The river was high today and wrapped around a bunch of gnarly trees. Verrry spoooky.

And then we found a graveyard!!

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Random. I had no idea this trail existed, or that it had a graveyard.

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Archie was completely thrilled by the adventure. Pretty sure our long walks are the highlight of his day.

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Remember when I was complaining about the bare trees? Well it’s starting to get green!!

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Hurrah! Summer is on the way!

Poor Archie didn’t quite make it home though. He started struggling on the last hill. I looked down at him and said “C’mon Archie! Dig deep!” But he started limping, so I was left carrying at 14 lb furball in my arms up the rest of the steep hill.

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He came home and wiped out at the bottom of the stairs in between all my shoes. I thought I’d finally done him in. I went out, worried about him the whole time, and came back to the usual enthusiastic tail wag and energy. We need to work on his stamina, but his recovery is pretty good!

Last but certainly not least, it’s time I mark the first of the month with a new set of goals. Let it be known that I am stealing the “themed goals” idea from Janetha ;)

Fitness
Strength train three times a week, with a focus in muscular power.
Run twice a week, increasing my mileage by 10% each week

Food
Stop buying dairy, eating it only when out or when it’s “a must”
Stay away from refined sugars, again eating only for special occasions

Blog
Add and organize content, new recipes, workouts, and revised pages and categories

Life
Improve my organization. Make lists, finish them, know what needs to be done, when.
Spend time with my family
Enjoy and soak up every single minute.

There is so much more I’d like to do, but I think it’s really important not to overwhelm myself this month! I’m hoping to be moved out of my apartment by next weekend, then live at my mom’s until I move to Toronto at the very end of the month. It’s going to be a weird transitional period for me. But it also has the potential to be a fabulous month ;)

As for my nutrition goals, I have been inspired by Sammie, who is doing an 8-week Operation Bootyfication as a fun way to help prep for her upcoming fitness competition. I am not fully participating, but I have been looking for an excuse to eliminate refined sugar and dairy from my diet for a loooong time, and it was the perfect little kick that I needed ;)

The reason why I want to try this out is because I want to see how it makes me feel. Everyone reacts to certain foods differently, and I have a sneaking suspicion that these two are dragging me down. Especially things like yogurt and cottage cheese, which I eat a lot of.

Okay, and marshmallow fluff too ;)

I still have some of this stuff on hand, so I’ll still be snacking my way through cheese strings. But the amount will be significantly decreasing, so it’s a move in the right direction. Of course, I’ll keep you updated on the results! (Fatty February by the way, is still in full swing!)

If you’re looking for another kick in the butt this month, Janetha is doing a Wakeup Call Challenge that you should check out! I’m a huuuuge advocate of early morning workouts, and it will be a fun way to give them a try :)

And with that, I’m (finally) done! Hope you all enjoyed your Saturday and have a fabulous Sunday!!

Question of the Day: What are your goals for May? You best be making some! ;)

Edited to add: I am such a space cadet. I forgot to mention that I changed my blog layout!! If you’re subscriber, I encourage you to click out and take a looksie. Let me know if there’s anything I can do to make the site more “readable” :)

Doggone It

Happy Saturday friends!! This is my last weekend as a working woman. Or, at least until I become an employed Torontonian. <—that word looks silly

I was thisclose to calling it a rest day today, but I got my butt out of bed and managed to stay pretty active!

I passed out at the usual time last night and was up at the usual workweek time. My body likes to stick to a schedule, what can I say.

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I’ve actually been going through nut butter faster than I can eat oats out of them! Not today though. I’ve been saving this baby ;)

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I savoured this so slowly that it actually got cold by the end. Something that never happens in the insulated jar. Maranatha should just sell near-empty jars ;)

That held me over for a while because there was probably a quarter cup’s worth of almond butter in there (exaggeration, maybe). Grabbed a “treat” for a snack to power me through kickboxing.

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I want to like this flavour, as in my head it should taste like a chocolate chip cookie (probably my favourite food on the whole planet).

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But I think I rather just eat a buttery cookie. Still a decent bar though – Maple Nut is the best!

Body Combat was not as tough this week! It’s a new “release,” which means the songs and moves have all changed. A lot less jumping around, and a lot more punching. Meant my heart rate was lower, and my already sore biceps are now super angry at me. Incline curls kill them every single time.

The forecast called for rain today, but it hadn’t started yet by the time I got home. Archie was aalll over me to go for a walk, so I tempted fate and took him. Ten minutes in the sun came out and it was beautiful!! Ended up taking him along the river, for just over an hour. Archie was a total rockstar and made friends with everyone we met. People are never that friendly when it’s just me ;)

I also did a lot of observing of my fellow dog walkers – it’s true that people and their pets resemble each other.

It was almost 3pm by the time I sat down for lunch and I was starved.

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Nothing fancy, just food in my belly as quickly as I could get it there.

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Hummus, laughing cow, tuna and tomato sandwich.

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Lemon yogurt mixed with plain (to cut back on the sweetness) and some All Bran Buds for crunch.

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This was crazy delicious. It was probably part hunger, but definitely a satisfying meal :)

Archie had something to eat too, and then passed out from exhaustion.

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Poor fella, he was really struggling to keep up towards the end of the walk! He definitely doesn’t have the same energy he did 13 years ago…

Dinner was a quick and simple stir-fry.

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Shrimp and chicken breast with a plethora of frozen veggies (Europe’s Best Imperial Blend) sesame oil, Bragg’s and a drizzle of teriyaki.

And just so we’re clear, I had a piece of chocolate after every single meal today ;)

After dinner, I went out for another walk with a friend! 90 minutes in and all around downtown. T’was fun, but my feet are hurting after being on them all day. Going to spend the rest of the evening curled up, finishing Black Heels to Tractor Wheels: The Pioneer Woman’s true life Harlequin romance story . Love her.

 

Question of the Day: If you could get any (additional) pet, what would it be? This is something else I think about a lot, because I reallyreally want a dog someday. Probably the only thing that makes me desire settling down. Depending on where I live, I want either a basset hound or a cavalier king charles spaniel. Both of which probably resemble me in some way ;)

A Sign From the Gods

I lovelovelove reading the comments when I ask food questions. So many tasty answers to what foods make you go OMG.

I have some really pretty food pictures to share today (yay for more natural sunlight!), however, I am going to start off with the ugliest one on my card.

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  • 1/4 cup soy protein powder
  • 1 stevia packet
  • 1 benefibre packet
  • cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 banana
  • 2 tbsp egg whites

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The mix was still thick after that so I added about 2-3 tbsp of almond milk. Popped in the microwave for three minutes and voila, a protein cake!

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Sliced in half and toasted a la Deb. Figured I might as well keep up with the theme and topped it with some of Deb’s OMG OMG OMG nut butter (spiced chocolate hazelnut).

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First attempt at doing this with soy powder, liked it much better without that weird whey texture. But it was too egg-y! Experimentations will resume this evening ;)

Oh yes, and my jazz concert was lovely last night. The university I work at has a 21-piece jazz ensemble and they just released a cd I played a small part in promoting. I love hearing large ensembles like that perform live – and I’m a sucker for jazz/blues/swing!

I also used my spare time when I got home to prep my apartment to show, again. Here’s hoping the next subletter doesn’t back out! Anyways, it didn’t leave me much time to prepare my gym stuff, so instead I worked out at home this morning.

It was nice having Jillian Michaels as a workout buddy today, she makes sure I don’t “phone it in” ;) I did Levels 1 & 2 of the 30 Day Shred. Fifty minutes of butt-kicking! Each level is made up of three circuits of 3 minutes strength + 2 minutes cardio + 1 minute abs. The squat thrusts in the second level get me every time.

I treated myself to one of my fave breakfasts after – the breakfast cookie! This one is strawberry banana.

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  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • cinnamon
  • banana extract
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • chopped strawberries

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Frosted with marshmallow fluff of course!

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Oh breakfast cookie, how I missed you. It was so lovely to be reunited.

Work was kind of interesting this morning, I got to go to an event celebrating all the different faith communities in my city. I got to hear speeches from representatives of each faith explaining what they’re all about. So many different kinds of faith here I never even knew about! I would love to go visit all their places of worship until I find one that fits. It would be nice to be a member of a church some day…

Dinner this evening was a remake of yesterday’s salad, except this time I threw it all in a pan first.

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  • spinach
  • red onions
  • mushrooms
  • bell pepper
  • garlic
  • black olives
  • rotisserie chicken
  • feta cheese
  • hummus

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I debated putting hummus in this, as I didn’t know how it would hold up in a stir-fry…

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Silly me, hummus is good in everything! Two very big thumbs up :D

And check out what arrived in the mail today!

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As a member of Can-Fit-Pro (Canadian Fitness Professionals), I get their magazine. This month’s is all about personal training in relation to running.

I note this because I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what aspect of fitness training I want to specialize in. I think it’s a field where it’ important to find a focus and hone your skill in that one area. Well, I’m pretty sure I want to focus on weight training for endurance athletes. The idea of strength training to aid in long-distance running, cycling, swimming, etc, really interests me. I love how weight lifting can help improve endurance, and correct imbalances and injuries caused by it.

Anyways, I got all excited when I saw this, and it’s almost like it was a sign from the gods. Now if only I could go find a church to thank them/him/her/it! :P

 

Heyhey! It’s almost Friday! I’m going home after work tomorrow to hang with the fam. The highlight will be bringing my mom’s poodle back with me! I’m looking after the furball while she’s in Florida for a couple weeks. I’m pumped to have the little rascal come stay at my place. I could use a furry friend!

 

Question of the Day: Do you belong to a “faith community”? I was raised Anglican, and in some ways still feel very connected to the Anglican church. There’s an old-school ritual about it that I love – not to mention, the hyms are rockin ;)  (sarcasm!!)

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