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Hey blog friends! Is it just me or is this week going by sloooow… Chris and I actually just booked a trip to Windsor, Ont. for the first of October! His best friend lives there and I’ve never been! Anyone have any suggestions on things to do/places to visit in the Windsor-Detroit area?

Back to the present day, it was an active rest day for me. Which means no morning workout and extra time to enjoy my breakfast :)

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My best bowl of oats ever.

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup oat bran
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 scoop chocolate whey powder
  • half a banana
  • shredded coconut
  • chocolate chips
  • peanut butter

*drooooool* This bowl kept me full for a long time too!

My morning was spent with my tuckus on a court bench. I was back at the office for the usual lunchtime fare.

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Pita! I mashed up one can of sardines in a mustard sauce with a laughing cow cheese wedge and capers, and stuffed in a pita with a couple slices of Montreal smoked beef, tomato, zucchini, cucumber and romaine.

Carrot sticks on the side!

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Crunch crunch crunch.

I got off work early so I came home and started working on food for tomorrow. I’m working 1-10pm, so I thought it would be nice to have a meal ready so I wouldn’t have to worry about it. You’ll have to wait till tomorrow to see though, they’re completely new dishes for me from the Moosewood Cookbook ;)

Tonight’s dinner also featured something new!

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A yuca!! According to Mr. Wikipedia this is also called a cassava root. It’s high in calcium and Vitamin C, but pretty low in protein and other nutrients.

The exterior is thick and waxy. I was surprised when I cut into it that it’s raw texture was a lot like a coconut, and smelled like one too!

I made it into fries, spraying it in some olive oil and barbecue seasoning then baking at 400 F for 25 minutes.

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These were SO good! Seriously. Butternut squash has a new rival! Baked, they were thick on the outside, and mushy on the inside. A little more dense and starchy tasting than potatoes. They held up really, really well, unlike many other fry substitutes I’ve tried. I also had an old-school egg salad sandwich with mayo and some beet slices (hint to tomorrow’s dinner!).

Afterwards I went to the BodyFlow class at my gym where I spent a lot of time like this:

Okay, maybe I don’t look quite as cute in happy baby pose. But I love it!

As I’ve mentioned before, my gym, GoodLife Fitness, is the only gym in Canada that offers Les Mills fitness classes. Les Mills is a New Zealand athlete/fitness instructor/businessman who designed a line of pre-choreographed fitness classes used at gyms around the world. The routines are designed around the same music, and then changed every four months along with some new tunes.

The BodyFlow class is a mix of tai chi, yoga and pilates. All classes, while changing every few months, follow the same format, which can be found on the website:

  1. Tai chi warm-up
  2. Sun salutations
  3. Yoga standing strength
  4. Balances
  5. Hip openers
  6. Core work
  7. Twists and forward bends
  8. Relaxation and meditation

At first, I was really skeptical about doing the same classes over and over, and to cheesy music. But I love it! This class in particular is the perfect mix of poses and moves for me. The music is actually really well timed and suited to what we’re doing.

I’ve already decided that I want to try out all the classes that are offered at my gym. This week I’ll also be doing BodyPump and BodyStep. I’m excited!! (and slightly scared I may break my nose on a step :P )

What’s your favourite group fitness class? Least favourite? My fave is still spin class, but I’m a yoga convert now too :)

Time to hit the sack! I’ve got an early morning “business meeting” and a long-ish run to do before work tomorrow! G’night!

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