Have you seen my biking mojo?

Happy Monday…? Ha, I’m definitely not feeling it this week! I’m going away again next weekend (possibly Moncton again or my cottage) so I’m just doing my time this week so I can go away again :)

Let’s back this train up though and take a look at yesterday first. I had my favourite cottage/cheese fruit combo at some point.


Okay, technically by favourite combo is actually cottage cheese and pineapple. But my body also violently rejects pineapple for some mysterious reason, so pear it is!

I also made it over to my Nana’s which was fun :) My new goal is to make it home more often now that I’m no longer in university and have a working car. Now that I’m getting older, I really feel the need to be around my family more!

I came back to my apartment in time for a bike ride. But it sounded so unappealing to me. What is up with me lately? I have totally lost my biking mojo. It’s been a week since I went, and will likely be another week until I get the chance to go out again. Ah well, I’m sure it’ll come back. I napped instead and actually packed a box, so I wasn’t completely useless :P

I snacked on an Atkins bar. They were on sale this week so I picked up a peanut fudge granola flavour.


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It was alright. Atkins bars used to be my favourite protein bar, but they’ve been replaced by PowerBars. I don’t like all the fake sugar or that they’re made with made with puffed “soy nuggets.” Puffed anything is not filling to me, no matter how much protein is packed in there.

Supper was a fun experiment with a new product my grocery store started carrying.


Fake chicken! Facken? Ficken?




Looks good, doesn’t it? I’m usually kinda iffy about simulated meat products that try to take on the texture and taste of real meat. Especially now that I’m a meat eater and can just eat the real thing!

I paired it with some leftover rice and chickpeas from the market, as well as a little market zucchini and tomato salad with sundried tomato dressing and balsamic vinegar.


Honestly, it was quite good! The first bite threw me off because it tastes nothing like chicken. But I really like the taste of soy, and enjoyed every bite afterward :) The texture is right on too. So even though I could easily eat the real thing, I will be buying this again. It comes in a package that you can pop in the microwave and is quite simple and quick to prepare. It would make for some great work eats!

After dinner, Chris showed up and we went for a ~40 minute walk along the river and back. So I at least got to stretch my legs a little yesterday. I felt much more like myself after that :)

Breakfast was a dark picture of french toast because it’s cloudy and miserable here today (when is it not?).


Some of my “light bread” dipped in egg whites and pumpkin pie spice. With an orange and almond butter on the side. It made me feel better about it being Monday and all :)

I hit up the gym today for another lifting workout. My biking mojo may be gone, but my pumping iron mojo is back!

15 minutes on the elliptical, increasing resistance every 2 minutes

A1 – Front squat/push press:
3 sets @ 40 lbs x 8

B1 – Single-leg Romanian deadlift:
3 sets @ 20 lbs ea x 8 each leg

B2 – Bent-over dumbbell row:
3 sets @ 20 lbs ea x 8

C1 – Bulgarian split squat:
3 sets @ 20 lbs x 8 each leg

C2 – YTWL:
3 sets @ 5 lbs ea x 4 each letter

D1 – Hip bridge:
3 sets @ bw x 12

D2 – Prone jackknife:
3 sets @ bw x 8

15 minutes on the elliptical, 1 minute sprints, 2 minutes recovery

Duration: exactly one hour :)
Max HR: 165
Avg HR: 138
Calories: 418


Wonderful workout :D I’m a total gym rat by nature. Oh! And I wore my new workout outfit. Having fitted shorts makes a world of difference!

Recovery shake:


  • 1 scoop Iso Lean peach-mango whey powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen papaya chunks
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 2 scoops plain yogurt

Sooooo good! This was my first time trying the peach-mango powder and it gets a thumbs up. It is pretty sweet, and artificially so. But nice as post-workout treat. I don’t guzzle these things back every day anymore, so I don’t feel so bad about it :)


Well I’m going to wrap it up here, turned into a pretty long one! I’m working 3:30-10:30 today. Not fun considering 10:30 pm is what time I usually go to bed! Plus, I’ll have to eat supper on the go. Looks like there may be a pita in my future…

Have a great start to the week everyone! I’ll be back tomorrow ;)

Posted on August 10, 2009, in Workouts and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. holy balls, that fake chicken packs a protein punch! usually fake meat is so high in carbs and low in protein but it looks like you found a winner on the faux front. sweet! and of course not available to me :P i love the brand name though, “it’s all good”? haha, so rad. glad you got to see the fam~i agree, the older i get the more i want to have family time over friend time, gotta cherish those moments, right?! front squat/push press? hmm like on the machine? orrr..? woah! i just googled YTWL~never heard of it AND I LOVE IT! that is for sure going into my upper body routine this week. thanks! did you do yours like each letter once at a time or all 4 reps then move onto the next letter? i really dig that exercise! the youtube i saw was on a bench but it would be tricky to do it on the stability ball. what do you lay on? i love that you finished it off with some HIIT. that really is a killer workout, one i should print out!

    ok this is long, hope you dont die working that late :(

    • thegreatbalancingact

      Hey Janetha! The front squat/push press is kinda exactly like it sounds. I hold a barbell across my chest, squat, then push it above my head on the way up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVBgKB4Gnsw

      And the YTWL is a b*tch!! I guess all shoulder exercises are. I do it on an inclined bench, but it’s possible to do on a ball too. I did 4 reps for each “letter,” one after another – so I guess 16 in total. I tried starting with 6 reps each but it was too hard even with the dinky dumbbells!

  2. “it tastes nothing like chicken” – music to my ears!! I may have to pick up a box of that!

    Mmmm cottage cheese! Even though I’ve been easing up on dairy, I just can’t go without the CC!

    Good luck working today!!

  3. I think we all go through times when we lose our mojo, even for an activity/workout that we really enjoy. Hopefully you’ll be in the mood again soon!

    Love the new workout clothes… good choice!

  4. I did the front squat/push press today, too! Love that one now that I have learned how to not hit my chin and to stay balanced going up to my toes LOL!

    I’ve really lost my taste for meat analogs. I used to eat them all the time, but decided I just like the real stuff better :D

    You’ll get the bike mojo back, just don’t force it.

  5. oh wow that french toast looks like a perfect breakfast!! I saw those veggie chicken breast at my grocery store and I will have to pick them up if you say they are good :)

  6. for fake meat those ingredients don’t look scary! will keep a lookout for them.

  7. I hope your biking mojo comes back full force!! Delicious looking French toast. I need to copy your pumpkin pie spice idea. Sounds great!

  8. I have an odd love for fake meat. I have to watch ingredients closely of course. But, that “chicken” looks pretty tasty. You’ll find your mojo again. Maybe your body just really needed a break?

  9. I almost bought those chicken things but got scared at the last minute and put them back! Glad you reviewed them because now I’ll be brave enough to try them! lol!

  10. thanks for the product review! i think you can pick those up in CA but under a different name, i have seen something with basically the exact same packaging so i will have to investigate LOL!

    that french toast looks really good btw :)

  11. Those faux chicken can be purchased in Seattle Safeways. I have been eating them for a few weeks, they are really tasty! The nutritional info is different here, the calories are 160 and the protein is 26 grams.

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