Daily Archives: February 5, 2010

Mother-Daughter Weekend

Hello friends!! First and foremost, thank you for the response to my last post on depression and learning to love yourself. It can often be a tough subject to tackle, but it’s one I feel like I just have to talk about. People are always saying I’m brave to be so honest. But these are just things I feel like I need to put out there. Plain and simple (just like me! :P ).

As I mentioned yesterday, I went out with the gals from work. We went to enjoy some jazz at a local pub. Good times were had – but late times! I was in bed way past my usual old-lady time and did not want to get up to exercise this morning. For once my body was just like “No way Susan.”

So, I made breakfast in bed instead :)

Smoked salmon and laughing cow cheese on an english muffin with a side of grapes. I had to toast the english muffin under the broiler in my oven since my toaster oven is nothing but a scorched heap :(

Now normally I feel like crap on days I don’t work out. I get really sluggish at work and miss that usual pep in my step. But today I felt awesome. Even more – my cold is finally gone! I didn’t get much sleep mind you, but I think not putting my body through another workout gave it the extra energy it needed to rid itself of my illness. All I needed was to sloooow down to allow my immune system to do its job. Don’t know why that’s so damn hard sometimes!

Work was uneventful today. I’m doing lots of web work these days, which is good for my work experience resume :D

Dinner was, ahem, more ham. I’m going to turn into a pig soon.


  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 110g ham
  • brussels sprouts
  • broccoli


Oink :P This was protein-packed, loved it!

Then a visitor arrived!!!


My mommy!! She’s come to spend the weekend with me :D

And look what she brought!


Dove sensitive skin soap, fish oil supplements and ground flaxseed all for the Fatty February challenge. Thanks mom <3

Evening snack was something that’s becoming an all-time favourite for me:

Yogurt, protein powder (peach mango flavour) and coconut chia granola. I’m running low on my granola stash, must make some more this weekend!!


So plans for this weekend include:

  • Step class with mom Saturday morning
  • Showing my mom where I work!
  • Buying new running shoes and a gym bag (yes, I don’t own a gym bag)
  • Dinner out
  • Painting my scorched cupboards
  • Making some Vegan White Chocolate Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cups
  • And lots of other fun stuff!

And with that, it’s 10:19 and time for this girl to go. to. bed. My mom is going to stay up later than me. This is my life. :P

See ya tomorrow!

Question of the Day: In honour of Flashback Friday, what’s your favourite “mom memory?” Mine is probably the time my mom and I went to Mexico together to visit my sister. While she was at school we spent our days at the same little restaurant eating tortilla chips, drinking Corona and listening to salsa bands :)

Body Love

Woo!! T-G-I-F!! This is an especially exciting weekend because my mommy is coming to visit! She arrives Friday evening and staying until we get sick of each other :)

I pre-wrote some of this post, so I’m going to keep the food rambles to a minimum. I just got back from an evening out with the gals from work and it’s waaaay past my bedtime!

Started the day off with my new favourite cardio sesh at the gym. 35 minutes of intervals on the elliptical – 1 minute sprints followed by 2 minutes recovery at varying levels. Then 10 minutes on the rowing machine and 10 minutes on the stepmill. I don’t know why but my heart rate was mega high today!! I maxed out at 179 (91%) which I typically only do in races or really fast training runs – not on the elliptical!

Refuelled at the office with smoked salmon, laughing cow, mustard, capers, onions, sprouts, lettuce on an english muffin.


And an orange :)

Lunch was a beast of a salad.


Tossed in some canola oil + red wine vinegar and topped with leftover Spinach, Ham and Ricotta Pie. The pie tasted awesome cold on top of the salad! Definitely deserves a remake for tomorrow.

Supper involved more ham because I have a huge chunk of it in my fridge I need to get through! For some reason my mind has been drifting to ham and cheese oatmeal so I made it for dinner.


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 whole egg, whisked in while cooking
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • 55g ham, cubed
  • 15g old cheddar cheese

Look at those creamy custard oats!!!


Ohmygaaaahhhhthiswasgood. So, so good. I want it for supper again tomorrow too ;)


Now on to more serious matters…

I’ve noticed there are two kinds of food bloggers – those who are losing weight/maintaining a weight loss, and those who are in recovery from an eating disorder.

This has always fascinated me, that two people with seemingly opposite goals can be drawn to the other. While I’m in the former group – a weight loss gal – I know that I have a lot of readers who deal with disordered eating. Conversely, I read a lot of blogs written by those who are in ED recovery.

The obvious similarity is that our problems are problems with food. We eat too much, not enough, obsess over it, control it, and think about it all the time. But it has always gone beyond that for me. The things those struggling with ED write about often hit very close to home with me. While I have dealt with a few food issues, I have never dove deep into disordered eating. Any of my old struggles with food stemmed from a lack of knowledge, nothing deeper than that.

So why do I always read these blogs nodding my head in agreement? I know what it’s like to hate my body. I know what it’s like to find comfort in treating it badly.

I think this is something a lot of people can relate to, not just those who’ve suffered from an eating disorder.

In my REAL story, I say “I went to a deep and dark place, and for a brief moment, myself and my family had genuine concern I wasn’t going to come out.”

At this time in my life, I was suffering from serious anxiety and depression. I found comfort in my depression. I would wake up every morning, and instead of dragging myself through another day, I would cozy up to the awful feelings inside and stay in bed. I would often pull the covers over my head, wishing it was a hole I could just crawl into and lavish in my depressive thoughts forever. There were many mornings where I would collapse on the kitchen floor, crying hysterically to my mother who just wanted me to get up and go to school. I liked where I was in my miserable depressive state, and I stubbornly did not want to venture out.

I also found comfort in treating my body badly. I liked being reckless with it. I found an odd comfort in puffing back cigarettes, knowing they were slowly killing me. Yes, I ingested drugs, again liking how I felt when I was weak and helpless to their effects. I didn’t like myself, so why would I want to take the time to treat my body well? If anything, I wanted to punish my body.

This has been weighing heavily on my mind as I’ve been reading from a lot of bloggers recently about how they found comfort in their eating disorders. It just sounds so much like how I felt about my depression and body during my own darkest days.

So how did I get out of it? It was quite simple actually. My parents brought me to a psychologist who sat me down and told me straight up that I was responsible for my own depression and I was the only person who could get myself out of it. I don’t know what happened, but a light bulb went off in that moment. I realized I didn’t have to find comfort in my depression anymore, but I had the power and ability to crawl out of the hole I dug for myself. Only me. Just one decision.

The body-love took a lot longer to get the hang of. I don’t think that really clicked for me until I decided to lose the extra weight for good. I think part of the reason I was overweight for so long is because I didn’t love my body. During my weight loss process though, I woke up every day with a new confidence in my own skin. It wasn’t because I was getting skinnier, but I was getting skinnier because I respected my body enough to not treat it badly anymore.

So that is my story. My two take-home points are – only you can change your thoughts and state of well being, and your number-one relationship needs to be the one you have with yourself. Love your body, mind and spirit.


Question of the Day: What’s one thing you love about your body? One thing you love about your personality? I love my long, lean legs. I’m pushing 5’7” and most of that height is in my legs! I also love my simple personality. I’m a to-the-point kind of person. No drama, no extra fluff. Just plain and simple :)