Cat’s Outta the Bag

Hello friends! I’m impressed so many of you workout at home! Some great exercise DVD suggestions in the comments section of the last post, ch-ch-check it out.

Today I left the comfort of my own home to work out. I wanted to run! It was –18 C without the windchill this morning (-1 F) so there was no way in hell that was happening outside.

I did my usual 5+ mile treadmill speed workout:

On a 1% incline:
2 min @ 3.2 mph
3 min @ 3.7 mph
5 min @ 5.6 mph
10 min of 1 min intervals alternating between 6.0 & 6.4 mph
10 min of 1 min intervals alternating between 6.2 & 6.6 mph
10 min of 1 min intervals alternating between 6.4 & 6.8 mph
10 min of 1 min intervals alternating between 6.6 & 7.0 mph
5 min @ 5.8 mph
3 min @ 3.7 mph
2 min @ 3.2 mph

Baddabing. Stellar sweat sesh in 60 minutes flat. One thing I love about this workout is that I gets my heart rate up really high and keeps it there for at least the last 15 minutes. I can get my heart rate to peak at 175 bpm doing HIIT, but I feel like I’m training the ticker when I get it up in the 170s and “comfortably” keep it there for an extended period.

Usually I come home after the gym to shower and eat before scooting off to work. But today I tried something different and went straight to work (showering at the gym).

I packed two homemade protein bars for breakfast. Normally I would pack a breakfast cookie, but that’s what these things essentially are.


I loved this new routine! I got a solid 45 minutes extra sleep, and felt much less rushed. It was also nice to get to work a little early and leisurely eat breakfast before the madness of the workday begun.

Morning snack attack:


McIntosh apple and two cheese strings. I don’t normally buy McIntosh, but they were on sale for $1/lb!! Sold!



Yves veggie salami slices, marble cheese, mayo on bakery whole wheat bread (no more light bread- blech!) and a naval orange. Looks boring but it was mega tasty. What can I say, I’m a simple sandwich girl.

Afternoon munchables:


Source vanilla yogurt muesli cup and a Kashi blackberry cereal bar. I don’t normally buy flavoured yogurts, but these cups are pretty handy and tasty to boot.

I have a ton of romaine and spinach at the moment, so I went for another salad for dinner. It was delicious.


  • romaine
  • spinach
  • onion
  • carrot
  • mushrooms
  • green pepper
  • mandarin
  • leftover roast chicken
  • roasted almond pieces
  • black sesame seeds

For the dressing, I shook up 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, 2 tsp sesame oil, 2 tsp Bragg’s, 1/2 tsp agave. I LOVED this salad. I tend to always make the same sort of salads at home. I need to branch out a little more. Salads can be fun!

So. The title of the post. I have had a few days to mull over things, and in order to continue moving forward, I feel like it’s time to let the cat out of the bag. You may recall that Saturday was an “off” day for me. I alluded to something major happening in my personal life. Well, Chris and I broke up.

Oof. That feels tough to say.

I’m obviously not going to go into the dirty details. Chris and I spent four wonderful years together. We “worked” together seamlessly for almost that entire period of time. But due to several non-scandalous reasons, it seems we’ll be better off apart than together.

Despite losing a dear friend, I am remaining positive about it. I have essentially spent no time as a single adult and I think it’s very important for me to do so. Especially in this period of my life. I remain excited about my current situation and opportunities for the future. I love my new job, am making new friends, pursuing my passions and reconnecting with my family. I am slowly starting to feel “full” again. This is a big deal, as just a few short months ago, I was feeling very “empty” indeed.


…and like any newly single lady should, I’ve already booked an appointment to get my hair cut and dyed :)


Well that’s that. Time for me to go do the work I brought home. I’m thinking of trying out Jillian Michael’s No More Trouble Zones dvd in the morning, so I’ll review it for ya tomorrow. Also, I want to talk about the whole Heidi Montag plastic surgery thing. I’ve got a rant brewing!

Don’t forget about my blogaversary giveaway!! You’ve got till Friday! I also never did a whole “review” post to celebrate my one year blogging anniversary, but if you’re curious about it, I did something similar just before the new year:


See ya tomorrow! We’re over the hump!


Posted on January 13, 2010, in Workouts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 45 Comments.

  1. I’m sorry to hear about the break-up. You seem to be approaching it with a strong attitude and embracing life. Hang in there, Susan!

  2. Sorry about the break up- I do love that you’ve got your hair change all ready to go though. It seems to be what we ladies do- when things change we must also change our hair!
    I hope you continue to embrace the change (without mourning the past too much).

  3. I’m sorry to hear about the break up :( But, as they say, everything happens for a reason. Chin up girlfriend!

  4. Susan~ My heart goes out to you. I am over forty and all I can say is it is better to be single than to be with the wrong guy. Life is amazing and you will have some wonderful adventures coming your way.
    You are a doll! XOXO
    PS Want to try your protein bar soon:)

  5. Big hug! Glad you seem to be handling it well. Last time I had a bad breakup I hooked up with everything that moved for a few months. I don’t recommend that approach.

    Also, I read this post title and my first thought was “OMG, Susan got a cat!” Maybe you should. Cats > men anyway. They cuddle, they’re clean, and share your affection for tuna. :)

  6. Break ups suck! (I just recently went through one too.) *hug*

    But I love how you are carrying on with life. What a great attitude! OH and I love Jillian’s No More Trouble Zones DVD. It honestly transformed my body and I only do it once a week. It hurts so good after every single time that I do it. Just a tip though, STRETCH AFTERWARDS!! Veeeeery important!

    Love the blog :D

  7. Sorry to hear about the break-up. I’ve been in two long-term relationships (both two years) and I know the time right after the break-up is a tough adjustment period, but you’ve got all of us to help you through it!

    I also respect how gracefully you handled it and your choice not to discuss the details – I believe that’s the right (mature) choice.

    Those protein bars always look sooo yummy – I think I might have to try my hand at them!

    Nicole G

  8. Susan, I’m so sorry to hear about your break-up. But it sounds like you are in good spirits so I’m very happy about that.

    Things will only get better from here! 2010 is THE YEAR! :)

  9. you are so positive, lots of prayers your way love. im sorry to hear about that, but you have an EXCITING journey ahead of you! full of surprises!! thats awesome

  10. Ooooff breakups are tough. You seem like you have the right attitude, and maybe it’ll wind up being for the best? :)

    We all support you!

  11. Oh Susan. Cripes that’s rough. Even if it was non-scandalous, it still stings. I do feel for you. I’ve been there many, many times. You sound like you’ve got a great ‘tude to move forward. The hair, the workouts- they demonstrate that you care about yourself- and that will radiate to the world. Hugs to you.

  12. I’m sorry to hear that :( So glad you’re trying to stay positive though!

  13. People certainly grow in 4 years …sometimes together and other times apart. I understand completely. I can’t wait to see the new hair!

  14. I’m also sorry to hear of the break up, although you definitely have a great perspective on it. Even though I am currently in a relationship, there are many things that I miss about being single. You get so much freedom and time to explore your passions! I know that everything will work out the best for you!

  15. You’ve got happy thoughts from me! You’re a toughie and I love your positive attitude. I would love to emulate that when things get a little sour in my own life. Stay strong!
    And we definitely MUST see pictures of the new ‘do!

  16. Oh honey. I had a sneaky feeling that’s what it ways. I’m really proud of you for doing what’s right for you at this point in your life. And I’m SO impressed by your treadmill ability. Seriously I can barely do 20 minutes of HIIT. I don’t think I would ever be able to spend an hour on that thing. 5 miles…dang…

  17. Ok the homemade protein bars I need to make b/c they look so chewy, sweet, perfect.

    Onto the breakup. Well, I think that if you’re already feeling pretty “good” about things…and not wallowing, then clearly, this was a good call. I mean, it’s non scandalous as you said, so sometimes as adults we realize that we are not optimizing our potential and it’s better we go a diff route. Sometimes the reasons arent even fully tangible. Sometimes its just a gut feeling and after the fact you look back and say, whew. Ok good, I made (or didnt make) the right decision but for you, I am happy for you, Susan. Live strong, do your thang girl, and you’re amazing!

  18. Sorry about the break up. It’s always tough to let someone go when they’ve been in your life for so long.

    I was always a big fan of being single – the freedom to go wherever and be whoever you want is so much fun and that’s what our 20s are for. I’m excited for you to experience it. I’ll try not to be too jealous ;)

  19. Sorry about the breakup. I had a feeling that is what it was. There seems to be a blogger boyfriend curse.
    But sounds like you are handling it well and with a great attitude. You have a new job to keep you occupied, upcoming trip, etc.

    You are young and personally I think the 20’s is such a time for exploration and adventure that is actually better to be single or dating but not in a serious relationship. I am 40 now and that is what I did and now many of my friends my age who got married in 20’s say they wish they would have had more “single time” and freedom during those years.

  20. You’ve got a great attitude and outlook. Like you said you’ve got a great friend now. That’s how my ex and I are. He even came to my wedding. No hard feelings we just grew apart.


  21. You really didn’t have to share your personal life with us ,so thanks for putting your faith in us.
    I have just started reading your blog recently and really enjoyed it.
    You obviously are a multi talented woman with lots of “get up and go”.
    Life is a series of experiences and I would never want to take away any of my past loves….all of these special relationships(the good and the ugly!) make up our life experiences and mold ourselves along the way.Pretty boring to have one relationship only our whole lives…..I think we are meant to travel life’s paths and be open to what may be along future paths yet to travel.
    Many people stay in relationships that have become ho hum or even draining and just never have the guts to face the music that it is time to close that chapter of life.Kudos to you and your (ex)partner for realizing how very precious life is and not to take it for granted .
    you have seized the day -CARPE DIEM for sure!
    Bravo to you!Wishing you strength in the face of change and bravo to being true to your own heart,mind and soul.
    “Life is a journey,not a destination”.
    Best wishes!

  22. I’m really sorry, Susan. I can imagine how hard this must be. I am impressed by your attitude and outlook towards this…hang in there xxx

  23. Oh Susan I’m sorry to hear about your breakup! But everything happens for a reason and it seems like you are taking it really well by remaining friends.. since he was your friend for so long there’s no reason why you shouldn’t stay friends!

    Keep on keepin’ on!! :)

  24. PS forgot to mention that being friends with an ex is great but I was never able to do it right away and especially with a long time boyfriend.I would try and end up suffering needlessly in inner turmoil.
    I am amazed by gals that can do that right away and perhaps you are one that can.But also be ready to be the other way too(like me!)where there is major space needed away from that person to heal and find peace and be able to enjoy the gift of TIME which always makes things so much clearer and often fonder in hindsight.Nicer to be able to remember the truly lovely memories a bit more than the unpleasant…in my books anyways!
    But my advice may be complete garbage….so feel free to completely ignore! ;)

    • Thank you for the kind and supportive words!! I should clarify though, there are no immediate plans to remain friends. We definitely need our space for the time being. Maybe some day we’ll get there…

  25. Woot! Nice work out! It really does give you extra time getting ready at the gym. Yay for sleeping in :D

    So sorry to hear about the breakup. :(
    You are a fabulous woman and I really think you’re going to flourish in your sassy singleness!

    Love that you immediately booked a hair appt. ;)

  26. may you continue to find balance and peace in your life.

    go gently. go strong. go forward.

    peace, hugs, positive thoughts.

  27. Hugs going out to you! Break-ups are tough especially after so many years! I’m glad you have such a positive outlook! I once broke up with a guy I’d been with for 7 years! It was really scary but it ended up being the best thing that could happen to me!

  28. I’ve been reading for a bit, but I’ve never commented before. Just wanted to say I’m thinking of you!

  29. Things like this just need time. I ended a 6 year relationship when I was 25. If anything I was angry with myself for “wasting” so much of my life (prime years) on a situation that was slowly going nowhere. It was one of the hardest things I ever had to do. Doing the leaving is harder than being left. It was my first time as a single “adult” as well and I truly feel that I found myself for the first time. I dated, I had fun and I realized that I CAN do anything on my own. Only when I was truly happy with myself (and stronger) did I find the right man in my life. Good luck to you. You’ll be just fine. Enjoy this time!!

  30. i’m sorry about the break-up babycakes, but you seem so mature, positive and everything about it, i am so impressed. i went through the same thing too – i was in a bad relationship, but when we broke up, suddenly i grew so much, became closer with my family, started really taking care of myself and becoming more confident in who i am. sometimes those things – although tough – are so great in the long run :)

    lots of love to you girl!

    and show us the new do – i want to see it!

  31. woah. i just was eating my lunch and reading along and i said “woah” out loud when you made your announcment… i am going back up there to read the rest.

    oh honey pie! thank you for sharing this with us and i am so sorry you are dealing with this. breakups, whether scandalous or not, are never fun. like holly said, you are so mature and have a healthy relationship with life and you sound like your head is in the right place. still, my heart goes out to you during this rough patch aka the “breakup phase”~ let me know if i can help!

    ahhh i cant wait to see what you do with your hair.

    and now i dont even remember what else i was going to say….

    i love you.

    oh yeah! that salad is amazing. love the mandarin addition.


  32. I hope that you are able to be friends one day. It’s difficult when you hit a stagnant period to know whether to try to improve things or let them go.

    Love the protein bars – they look so good.

  33. Salad looks amazing!
    Sorry for the break up with chris, I am glad you are doing okay:)

  34. A new haircut makes everything better! Sorry to hear about ya break-up but it sounds like your taking the positive route so thumbs up pretty lady x

  35. I`m sorry to hear about your breakup, but it sounds like you are doing just fine. Enjoy the haircut, and your single time!

  36. I hope you’re really feeling positive and not just saying so for our sake! Breakups are the worst, but I bet you’re going to be an amaaaaaazing single lady.

  37. I am sorry to hear what you are going through.

    I understand what you may be going through. I dated the same guy for eight and a half years. When we started dating I was 16. When we broke up I was an adult.

    There will definitely be a period of reacquainting yourself with YOU!!! It may be tough at first but the journey is well worth it!!!!

     hugs!

    In other news – do you guys have further deets on Banff? Dates per chance?!?

  38. You’re an inspiration to me Susan. I’m so sorry about the break up. But honestly, I love (not to be harsh, or insensitive, or whatever) hearing about relationships,and broken up relationships, because I didn’t date in high school, and SO many people in my highschool either dated in high school, or dated each other soon after, and ended up marrying that person. As much as I am all for soul mates and whatnot, its encouraging to me that even a 5+ year relationship can end. You can never really know. I have high hopes that one day you’ll be happily married, but for now, its also SO encouraging to me that you can be a successful, gorgeous, independent gal with a great life. So props to you my dear. :) xoxo

  39. I haven’t been around lately and I missed the news about you and Chris. I’m sorry. I know you’ll rock the single lady life though. And hey, you’re always welcome to come back to Windsor for a visit sans the “auto-palooza” of your last trip.

  40. Gah, I didn’t realize about you and Chris. I’m sorry to hear about that. 4 years is a long time. Luckily you have MANY years ahead of you to fill with infinite happiness:) Hey, maybe this could free up some time for you to visit California? ;)

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