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.
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 ;)
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.
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).
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.
Archie had something to eat too, and then passed out from exhaustion.
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.
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 ;)
Hellooo… How is everyone’s weekend going? Mine started with work. At 5am. I spent so long going through old pics for Flashback Friday last night that I didn’t have time to prepare a breakfast cookie! So I microwaved oats at work instead…
One packet of President’s Choice multigrain instant oats, 1 cup water, 2 tbsp soy protein powder, cinnamon, shredded coconut, 4 dates, cashew butter. Oats never keep me full on these early mornings for some reason. My tummy was growling less than two hours later. Ohhh the mystery that is my tummy…
Lunch was also microwaved.
Campbell’s herbed chicken with brown rice. I “beefed” it up with some leftover tofu from last night.
It was a crazy busy morning. One of those mornings where I found myself running down the hallways and reading newscasts out of breath. Ahhh…deadlines. I did however find time to scoot on over to the market and get a bounty of goods!!
- Purple “green” beans (purple beans just sounds weird…)
- sliced Smoked Montreal beef
- Cabbage roll
Despite all my wonderful fresh food, I was having a major hankering for chocolate. So I snacked on a chocolate chocolate chip crisp Myoplex bar.
Well, it was definitely chocolatey! I found it was a little dry and mega rich, but still good. The cinnamon flavour is still my fave!
Oh, and I also had the world’s gooey-est fig.
Bursting with yumminess!! I wish I could find fresh figs around here, I’m curious as to what they taste like…
I’m running a 5k race tomorrow, so I wanted to keep my exercise today light. I opted for a walk downtown so I could pick some stuff up. The weather was gorgeous!
Wanna come with?
I started on the trail across the street…
And continued along the river…
Until I got downtown.
Passed a few familiar buildings, like the courthouse where I spend many days reporting.
And city hall, where many late nights are spent covering council.
Cantaloupes for 99 cents. Suh-weet deal.
Then it was off to the Running Room in search of some Gu.
Luckily, I got there just as they were closing, otherwise I would have easily dropped money I don’t have on expensive running gear :P
And my final stop before making the trek back home was Second Cup.
I wanted something to quench my thirst, so I got myself a little treat.
Sugar-free strawberry Italian soda. Basically sucralose in club soda :P
The other wonderful thing about the river route, is there are gorgeous homes on the other side of the road.
I’m partial to this one because I have extended family that used to live there. It’s beautiful (and huge) inside.
And then home!
Overall I covered about 5 miles (8 km) in two hours. Much longer than planned. I live an extra 15 minute walk from my old place, I forgot to factor that in!
I was starving by the time I got home. It’d been a long time since my 10am “lunch.” I threw together a meal made up of my market goodies.
Haha, that cabbage roll looks so gnarly, but it was delicious! It was filled with rice and ground beef. Bought from my favourite Lebanese stand :) There’s also a cucumber salad made up of just cucumber, yogurt, lemon juice, garlic and dill.
Finally, the green stuff! Those are the greens from my beets!! I couldn’t just cut them off and throw them away, especially since there was so much. So I cooked it my favourite way to eat greens, sauteed with garlic, olive oil and parmesan. It was delicious. I couldn’t really distinguish a huge difference from spinach. It’s maybe a little less “tough” and didn’t dry my mouth out like spinach always does.
Dates + cashew butter. This is a combo that was just meant to be. I don’t know what it is but the two flavours compliment each other perfectly, more than peanut or almond butter!
I’m starting to get pumped for my race tomorrow! I kinda feel like a huge loser because I’m doing it all alone. But it’s at 2pm, and I work till 12pm, so I figured I might as well go run it seeing as I’m always working during the morning races. I don’t have any huge expectations as I’ll likely be sleep deprived and coming off a full day of work. I just want to go run my little bottom off and have a good time! :D
See ya for the recap tomorrow!!
Question of the day: What’s your favourite kind of “ethnic” food? I’ll gobble up anything Greek, Lebanese or Moroccan. Yum!