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I’m not dead! Just dyed.

Good morning! I’d apologize for not posting last night, but to be honest, I’m not that sorry! :P I was feeling c-to-the-rappy yesterday and didn’t want to spread my sickness through blogging.

My sore throat has progressed to a cough, and I got a solid 8 hours of sleep last night (a rare occurrence for me). So things are at least looking up this a.m. I am currently fisting a giant mug of coffee and sporting my new hair colour :)

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A little less red than I’ve been wearing lately, but no doubt will fade into a red shade anyways. And yes, I do not exaggerate when I say a giant mug of coffee. You can tell my wrist is working hard to hold it up in that picture. 

Yesterday was very uneventful. I had to be at work earlier than the usual 5am. I was starving by the time I got to my breakfast cookie.

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Same mix as last weekend. It’s amazing how long a bag of M&Ms can last when you only eat a few at a time! “Old Susan” would have polished those bad boys off a long time ago… “New Susan” is enjoying savouring them :)

I was very excited to try out a new bar as my snack. For the longest time, we’ve only been able to get the Kashi chewy bars in Canada, but the cereal bars have made their way here!!!

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At 120 calories, they’re pretty dinky. Not to mention only 2g of fibre and protein each.

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I’m not the biggest fan of cereal bars actually, but I thought this was still pretty decent. However, I ate it with a cheese string, and my tummy was growling 90 minutes later. So it doesn’t make for a very sustainable snack.

I dug into my lunch mega early. Thankfully, it was also mega filling and delicious :)

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Salami, laughing cow, tomato, field greens, mustard on whole wheat bread. The salami is from the market. I was really excited to find it from a safe and healthy source, as the packaged salami in grocery stores is super sketchy. I’m learning that my city’s market is not always the greatest for deals on produce – but it’s awesome for fresh meat!

I also munched on edamame.

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I find these single-serving packages of edamame in the freezer section of my grocery store. They’re great for packed lunches!

I was a hungry hungry hippo yesterday. A lot of snackage happened that went unphotographed. When I finally broke for dinner, I figured it was time for more kitchen clearing.

I rescued a box of Casbah falafel mix from my very top shelf.

(Recycled photo). I’ve tried many times to make falafel from scratch – but this mix still makes the best kind! Not the best ingredients compared to what I could make at home though. Just add water to the mix, shape into little patties, and bake till hard :)

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Falafel salad.

  • 6 falafel patties
  • hummus
  • tabbouleh
  • tomatoes
  • red pepper
  • onions
  • field greens

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Yum! I love me some falafel :) Although, I think this would have been better in a pita… with tzatzkiki…

I spent my evening watching Glee. I’ve been hearing a lot of people talk about this show, but I haven’t caught it on Canadian TV yet, so I downloaded the episodes I’ve missed. So good! Chris stopped by and proceeded to make fun of me for watching it though :P

More snackage occurred, including another kashi bar. This time seven whole grain and almond kicked up a notch with some almond butter.

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Divine :) I definitely snacked more than I like to yesterday, but I also felt legitimately hungry at times. I just don’t have it in me to not eat when I’m hungry. I was also awake for 20 hours… which I guess gave me plenty opportunity to eat!

I started my morning off today on the right foot with a delicious bowl of savoury oats.

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  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp Earth Balance spread
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 1 breakfast sausage
  • 1 soft-fried egg
  • salsa

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Have you tried savoury oats yet?? If not, what are you waiting for!? I think nothing tastes better with soft egg yolks than a creamy spoonful of oats. Yummmmm…

 

In other news, today is my third rest day in a row. You may recall that I hurt my hip at the gym on Friday, so I took the weekend off all activity. It actually feels pretty good today, but I feel like it’s better to be safe than sorry in cases like these. I much rather take a week off exercise at the first sign of injury, than push it and have to take months off down the road to heal a more serious injury.

I think I need the rest anyways, for the first time in a while, I don’t have an inkling to exercise. I just want to work on getting my hip better, and getting rid of my cold. Then I’ll be able to give it my all when I get back to it :)

I also probably won’t be posting again tonight. I’ve got a 10-11 hour work day ahead of me and I just don’t think I’ll have the energy. I’ll be back Tuesday! Have a great start to your week!!

Question of the day: Do you dye your hair? What colours? I’ve had every colour of the rainbow – including pink, purple, blue, green, orange and fire-engine red :)

Greetings from the homeland!

Happy Saturday! :) I can say that this week, cause I’m not working!

Made it to my mom’s place safe and sound last night, despite some tricky weather.100_6663
Can you see the rainbow? Yeah, it eventually turned into this…

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And then the heavens opened up and I got stuck in a torrential downpour. I almost pulled over, but I instead just decided to drive through it. My old car had winter tires on it, so it handled quite well in the rain (yes, I kept the snow tires on all year). But my new car is a hydroplaning machine, so it’s a little unsettling! Luckily, I had the Pixies Doolittle album to sing along to and keep me calm :)

I slept for a whole 8.5 hours last night, it was wonderful! I almost had a PB&J as my pre-workout snack, but I had a banana that was on its last leg instead. I need more PB&J in my life soon though! (maybe with grape jelly?)

Anyways, I headed down to my mom’s gym which lets you pay per visit. It’s brand new and full of shmancy equipment. I did my usual gym workout.

Warm-up:
5 minutes easy on the elliptical

Cardio:
15 minutes HIIT on the elliptical
15 minutes on the rowing machine

A1 – Deadlift:
3 sets @ 60 lbs x 8

B1 – Incline dumbbell shoulder press:
3 sets @ 20 lbs ea x 8

B2 – Step-up:
3 sets @ 25 lbs ea x 8

C1 – Horizontal woodchop:
3 sets @ 25 lbs x 8

C2 – Back extension:
3 sets @ 25 lbs x 8

C3 – Plank
3 sets @ 90 sec

Duration: 1:09
Avg HR: 128
Max HR: 166
Calories: 433

 

Stellar workout! Great way to start my day home :) Afterwards, I wandered down to the Farmer’s Market which was only a 5 min walk away. I tried to take a picture inside, but it was packed!!

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One of the reasons why I don’t like the market. I do not handle crowds well at all.

I did however find what I was looking for – Middle Eastern food!

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As if you’re surprised ;) This is what they called a “meat plate.” Aka, rice, sliced chicken, tabbouli, chickpea salad topped with a little lettuce, tomato, black olives and homemade tzatziki. Mmmm… This was HUGE, and heavy! A great post-workout meal. I ate all the tabbouli, most of the chicken, about half the chickpea salad and barely any of the rice. I saved the leftovers for some future meal…

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I of course also picked up some local produce.

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  • Gooseberries
  • Blueberries
  • Mini carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Ginormous zucchini

I was most excited by the gooseberries since I’ve never tried them before. The lady assured me they were picked very ripe and not too bitter.

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It was kinda like a more sour and softer version of a grape? I need more time with these…

I’m staying at my mom’s house all by myself. My mom, her partner in crime, his kids, and the dogs are all at the cottage. So it’s just me and Fergus holding down the fort. Poor Fergie has been left to his own devices and was getting lonely. He’s been rubbing up against me and pawing at me like mad. He even slept right next to me last night!

I’ve been trying to take a picture to show you guys how handsome he is, but he won’t stop lovin’ me!

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Finally!!! He may be a little chunky, but my mom and I think he’s the most beautiful cat we’ve ever seen ;) And yes, I was hanging out on my mom’s kitchen floor. It’s always so clean and inviting! :P

Okee, I’m off to go shopping, maybe stop by my Nana’s place, then I’m off to my dad’s for a barbecue! He’s making steak, but I told him I don’t like steak, so he’s picking up pork chops for me instead. Going to be another meat experiment for me!

Have a great day everyone! :)

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