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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! :)

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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