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BodyFlows and BodyShapes

I finally, finally, slept for over eight hours last night. It’s been weeks since I’ve had more than seven. It was glorious. There was no other way to celebrate than by pulling out this bad boy.

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My belgian waffle maker :)

I ended up with a delicious stack, using my protein pancake recipe, topped with an “easy berry cobbler” of sorts.

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I just put leftover berries in the muffin tins yesterday and cooked them with an oatmeal/cinnamon/honey mix. This totally hit the spot. I love my day off feasts!

I got in some quality Regis & Kelly time this morning, while unpacking my last box! Yay! I’ll be taking my tour pictures tomorrow when the natural light is best :)

I breaked for a delicious lunch…

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Liverwurst and laughing cow cheese on a bun with carrots + hummus and my po’ man’s version of a caprese salad, with laughing cow. Mind you, it was crazy delicious. This is one of my market heirloom tomatoes. It was melt-in-your-mouth good. Sometimes life doesn’t get better than a deliciously fresh tomato ;)

After digestion, I did something I haven’t done in fore-ever. Okay, since August 17th (thank you blog archives!). I went for a bike ride!

To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t doing a lot of biking a) because I hated carrying it up and down the four flights of stairs in my old apartment, and b) I get scared on it! I can only ride on busy, high-speed roads with little to no shoulder.  I’m still not confident enough on my bike to feel safe on it all the time. Especially in traffic, when I have to unclip at intersections, turn left, etc.

Anyways, I went at a low-traffic hour today, which helped. Once I got on the bike I was immediately filled with all those happy endorphins again and loved every minute of it.

Until… I hit the hill. My new place is on a hill. I have two road options to get back up, so I took the one that I’ve done before and already knew I could finish. Oh. Man. I think I’m a little out of cycling shape because it was so hard. BUT I pushed through…going at 9km/hr :P In all, I did 24 km in 60 minutes.

When I came home, I realized a green smoothie had grown in my absence.

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My aloe vera is already crumbling just by being in my presence. Definitely should have gone for fakes…

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It was my usual Vega combo, 2 scoops Vega Smoothie Infusion, 1 box One Coconut Water, 1 cup frozen papaya chunks.

Dinner was another attempt at kale chips. This time with a lot less salt and a touch of paprika.

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Dipped in baba ghanoush.

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Muuuuch bettah :) I also had some leftover lentil and bulgur salad.


Tonight, I tried out the BodyFlow class at my new gym. I really liked it! You can check out what a typical class looks like here. It’s a mix of tai chi, yoga and pilates. The tai chi was just the warm-up, with mostly yoga, and a little pilates ab work in the middle. There were lots of hip openers which I loooved, as my hips are one of my “trouble spots.” The tai chi was… interesting. I’m not sure if I’m coordinated enough for it.

Post-BodyFlow snack:

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Fibre tarts with some Abu on top (a mix of almond butter and almond milk). Nomnomnom. Pretty filling from all the fibrousness :)

 

Now I just want to make this post a touch longer by talking about something I’ve learned over my weight-loss/health journey. It’s embracing my body shape. You see, I’m an apple. I’m big around the belly, and have long, thin limbs that stick out of it.

I had always been envious of women who carry their weight in their butt and thighs. They can put on a few pounds, and still maintain this itty bitty waist and still fit into their pants. I put on three pounds, and my jeans no longer button.

I’ve never been “curvy.” My thick middle has always given me rectangular measurements (ie my chest, waist and hips are all very similar sizes).

I always thought that my body would transform into this dream shape when I lost those extra 30 lbs. Instead, it looked the exact same, just smaller. Weight lifting definitely helped change this a lot. But even that won’t change my body shape.

I write about this because I am finally in a place where I fully except the body I have. So what if my tummy is plump? My legs are lean, arms free of flab, and chest perfectly pert. I may never drop jaws in a bikini, but I will rock a miniskirt like nobody’s business :P

So my question of the day is: What body type are you? What are the good attributes of it?

Also, Lara wrote a wonderful post today on losing those last 10 vanity pounds that is worth a read!!

See ya tomorrow for a tour of my new place :D

A day of fuelling

I biked 62.5 km (39 miles) this afternoon! New distance record! :D

My fuelling started good and early with a new breakfast cookie at 5am.

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I tried to go for a vanilla almond flavour.

  • 2/3 scoop vanilla whey powder
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp sliced almonds
  • 1 tbsp slivered almonds
  • couple splashes unsweetened vanilla almond milk

All mixed up and put in the fridge overnight. It needed a little cinnamon and perhaps a splash of vanilla extract, otherwise verrry good! I’ll be adding a recipe page for it once I get it perfect :)

I purposely packed a snack that would take me a while to munch on at my desk. Strawberry yogurt, grapes, blueberries and strawberries.

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It was fun to eat :) And took me longer than five seconds to get down…

“Lunch” (at 10am) was like the opposite of egg white pillows.

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Flat whole eggs? I boiled them last night. I also put a little whipped butter on the english muffin. Butter is your friend :)

I am a fruit fiend!

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I totally think my sweet tooth attacks through eating fruit. If I didn’t pay attention, I could easily eat around 8 servings of fruit a day. Crazy!

Had another snack when I got home, hummus on wasa crackers.

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Someone took a bite!!! Oh wait, that was me ;)

And a frozen deep chocolate vitamuffin with a slather of PB.

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I already need to get a new box. This is turning into an expensive habit…

I didn’t head out for my ride right away. I like to decompress a little after work, so I hung around, watched swimming and read the Julie/Julia Project blog. Not sure when I’ll get the chance to see the movie (my small-city theatre sucks, big time), but I’m really enjoying the blog in the meantime!

Eventually, I got geared up and had some more snackies.

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And made some snacks for the bike ride.

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5 dates with a smear of PB. I’ve been putting them in a plastic bag and attaching it under my bike computer. Stays put and easily accessed while in motion.

Whooo-eee, it was a windy one out today!! I don’t mind a constant head wind so much, but it was really gusty in some parts. It kind of scares me because the wind pushes me around. I’m always nervous I’m going to get blown into traffic or on the gravel shoulder (gravel = not fun on a road bike).

In all I biked 62.5 km (39 miles) in 2:49 minutes. To be honest, I don’t care how long it took me or how fast I was going. That’s a long time to be in the saddle!

I actually got off halfway to pee at a gas station. I just didn’t think I could comfortably bike another 30k with a full bladder! So I took a few minutes after to eat my dates outside, and of course, take a couple pictures :)

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I like to bike around the Lincoln/Oromocto area on the outskirts of town. No traffic lights!! This is the Nevers Road for those of you who know the area. It’s my favourite stretch on my route. Mostly flat and fast with a couple hills for a little challenge.

Even though I was on my bike for almost three hours, it didn’t feel like that long! Although, I was definitely glad to be home when I got there. Refuelled with a smoothie.

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Okay, I know last time I said it was the best combo for the Vega stuff yet, but this time seriously was the best so far!

  • 1 box pure coconut water
  • 2 scoops Vega smoothie infusion
  • handful frozen papaya chunks
  • 1/3 frozen banana
  • couple ice cubes
  • two scoops plain yogurt
  • two drops almond extract

The almond extract is what made it. I usually don’t add it to a lot of things because it’s so over-powering. But it was magnificent with the coconut water!

Oh yes, and there was a “refreshing” popsicle…

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Another hot and sunny day out! Good thing I stocked up on some SPF 60 before today!

 

So that’s how I fuelled for my long bike day :) I like doing my long rides on Sundays because I eat more food, being up so early. I do not like being in a calorie deficit when I’m exercising. I find it really draining both during and after the activity. Part of the reason why, even if I work out first thing in the morning, I still cram back some calorie dense PB. I burned around 1130 calories, and consumed over that before going out there. So I didn’t feel like I was going to die at any point. I didn’t even have to use the granny gear to get over the last steep hill at the very end! :D

Now it’s time for me to get out of my dirty cycling clothes (except my bike shorts – those come off first, bacteria builds in there!) and get started on dinner. I’m going to attempt spring rolls with my Asian grocery finds. Be back in the a.m. friends!

Hope you had a stellar weekend!

Question: What’s your favourite way to fuel? (and yes, fuelling for long trips to the grocery store counts. Those can be gruelling!)

Tour de Fredericton – Partie Deux

Thank you sooooo much for all the positive feedback on yesterday’s post! I don’t know why I was so nervous about posting that picture and talking about it. I guess I didn’t want to look like I was “showcasing” my weight loss in a “look at me” kind of way. But I have the awesomest readers ever, and you all understood the meaning behind the rambles :)

For the record, my blogging uniform isn’t as nice.

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Sometimes I like not living with my boyfriend!! :P

I think I deserve to be lounging around in an oversized tee after my 4:30 am wake-up and crazy long bike ride today. Wanna hear about it?

Work eats were the norm. Breakfast cookie.

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I changed things up and added sliced almonds instead of coconut. Livin on the edge.

My new favourite bar (Luna is in trouble!)

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Peanut butter PowerBar. Kinda like a bar-shaped cookie! One of the best things about these bars is that the first ingredient is “whole oats.” Can’t go wrong with that, especially in a “protein bar.”

Lunch was not the usual white – but pink!

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Smoked salmon and laughing cow cheese on an english muffin.

And a braeburn…

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I was excited as this was my first braeburn experience. But I think I got a bad one, because there were some brown mushy spots inside even though it looked bruise-free. Good thing I’ve got more!

I then rushed home to watch the last 10k of the Tour de France. It was so exciting!! Cavendish (on his Scottie) whipped out in the last 1k and took his sixth stage. He may have lost the green jersey, but it was still pretty sweet :)

Then there was a little food porn to get me ready for my bike ride.

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Cinnamon raisin bagel, 1/2 a smooshed banana, 1 tbsp almond butter. Sweet jebus, this was good.

I was thisclose to putting off my long bike ride for this week. But in the end, I liked the idea of spending my afternoon on a “leisurely” bike ride :)

Duration: 2 hour and 24 minutes
Distance: 55 km (34 miles)
Avg Speed: 23 km/hr (14 mph)
Max Speed: 40 km/hr (25 mph)

The first 30 minutes seemed to drag on, but I eventually got into a groove. I ate four dates with PB at the 90-minute mark. It was perfect! My energy was starting to wane a little, but it was just enough to carry me through that last hour. I just wish I didn’t have to pee after the first 20k :( By the end of the ride I didn’t want to get off!! However, my crotch, neck, wrists and bladder would not have been impressed with that.

Next week – 60 km!!

I’m putting my morning workout off tomorrow until after work so my body has a proper 24 hours to recover from the bike ride. While it wasn’t overly taxing, it was still a significant amount of activity.

I had lots of time to think of what I was going to make for my recovery shake.

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  • 2 scoops Vega Smoothie Infusion
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond breeze
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 1/2 a banana
  • 1/2 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 scoops plain yogurt
  • handful frozen papaya chunks

The papaya chunks were added after I tried it and felt the texture was off. They make it so much smoooother!

After stretching, rolling and showering, I got started on another awesome homemade burrito.

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This burrito contained 1/2 cup Eden Organic Caribbean rice & beans, 1 scrambled egg, onions, mushrooms and a laughing cow cheese wedge (cause they make everything taste better).

Don’t worry, I also had my “congratulatory piece of chocolate” for my bike ride ;)

Eeek! My landlord just stopped by and said they’re showing my apartment on Tuesday!!! I’m going to have to whip this place into shape! Oh my gosh, I don’t know if that’s possible. There are some closets that need some serious cleaning, and a floor that hasn’t been vacuumed in weeks because my vacuum cleaner is broken (a certain boyfriend told me not to fix it myself because he can do it, I have yet to see these “skillz”)

Random Question: Are you a tidy person??

This may or may not be obvious, but I’m really messy. I have this tendency to not notice when things are lying around or in the way…

Have a great start to your week! :D

Edited to add: I forgot! I’m on Twitter!! I joined in a moment of office boredom. Please come visit me over there, I’m completely lost and have no friends! http://twitter.com/BalanceSusan

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