The longest week ever is slowly coming to an end… yayyy!! I’m taking this Friday off work to drive to Halifax, Nova Scotia to visit my best friend from high school. Her birthday was yesterday, so we thought a b-day celebration and some girly time was in order. I haven’t seen her in over a year!!

Also fun is that one of my friends from work is coming with me for the 5-hour drive. Otherwise it would be mega boring!

Anyways, as I teased yesterday, I had a stellar breakfast on Tuesday that I simply must share.


Sigh. It’s photos like these that make me love my Canon Rebel. Worth every penny I didn’t pay ;) In the tupperware dish went:

  • 1 cup 1% low-sodium cottage cheese
  • 1 packet stevia
  • 1/3 cup frozen blueberries
  • cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 tbsp coconut chia granola


I’ve been struggling to find satisfying cold breakfasts for when I get to work after the gym in the mornings. But this was verrry tasty and made me happy till snack time at approximately 10:30am.

Oh! Speaking of workouts! I had a good one on Tuesday too that I want to share in case you feel like stealing. It was treadmill + full-body weights.

Treadmill – 1% incline

Minutes Speed – MPH
0-5 3.5
5-6 5.5
6-7 6.0
7-8 5.5
8-9 6.0
9-10 5.5
1-11 6.0
11-12 6.5
12-13 6.0
13-14 6.5
14-15 6.0
15-16 6.5
16-17 7.0
17-18 6.5
18-19 7.0
19-20 6.5
20-21 7.0
21-22 7.5
22-23 7.0
23-24 7.5
24-25 7.0

Holy smokes. My heart rate reached 183 bpm during this which is ultra high for me. A good kinda high though. I’m one of those people who quits when it gets too hard, so I like it when I can push through and live to tell the tale :)


Exercise Weight Reps Sets
One arm dumbbell snatch  20 lbs 8-12 3


Exercise Weight Reps Sets
Step-up  55 lbs 8-12 3
One-point dumbbell row 55 lbs 8-12 3


Exercise Weight Reps Sets
Lunge with twist 11 lbs 16 3
Wide-grip lat pulldown  50 lbs 8-12 3


Exercise Weight Reps Sets
Medicine ball squat  11 lbs 15 3
Russian twist  11 lbs 30 3
Lying medicine ball throw  11 lbs 15 3
Pullover to ball crunch 11 lbs 15 3


Another workout I made up as I went along! I try not to do too many isolation moves in my full-body workouts, but rather compound moves that work multiple muscles, as well as working my stabilizing muscles.

Now we must go from the crisp Canon shots, to cell phone photos!! Boooo. For a mediocre photographer, I’m a complete picture snob. I’m embarrassed to be posting these! But I guess good food sometimes trumps picture quality.


This is the stir fry I made for my mom and I last night. It was a mix of packaged teriyaki tofu, leftover roast chicken, frozen Asian veggie mix, basmati rice, Bragg’s and Diana’s teriyaki sauce. It was really, really good. Add stir-fry to the list of delicious things to make with roast chicken leftovers.

I can’t help myself, I also have to show you this embarrassing photo of breakfast this morning. I skipped Waffle Wednesday in lieu of an Oatmeal Wednesday. Sometimes you just gotta go with your cravings!

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This wasn’t any bowl of oats though. It was a bowl of Ellie’s apple and cheddar oatmeal. I made my usual custard oats (with a whole egg whisked in), and cooked half an apple in it, then topped with old cheddar. (we call it “old” in Canada, much harsher sounding than “sharp” or “mature” cheese) It was really good! But I think I put too much cheese on top, it was more like a bowl of melted cheese with oats and apples thrown in ;)

Okay, back to the good pictures!


I’ve decided I’m going to be one of those people who drinks tea at the office. You know the type (heck, you probably are the type). I dug into the Yogi Tea Adrien sent me for my Bloggie Secret Valentine gift.

First up was the Chai Rooibos. Chosen first because I love both chai and rooibos. It did not disappoint!

Then in the afternoon, I tore into the Green Tea Kombucha.

I had low expectations as I’m not a huge green tea fan, and I’ve heard gross things about kombucha. Which by the way, is fermented tea.


This stuff however was actually yummy! The spearmint in it helped take the edge off the usual bitterness of green tea.

It wasn’t till the second bag that I noticed there’s messages on the tag.


My mind is totally in the gutter with this one.

Today is my rest day from the gym, which means it’s my hungriest day of the week. I rushed home to get started on dinner asap.

A Gardein Sante Fe Chick’n Good Stuffs on top of spinach, mushrooms, onions and green pepper sautéed in olive oil. (the real stuff! Gotta my fat in for Fatty February)

I really like the flavour of these Gardein things. Even though I find the idea of them to be kinda strange.

My evening snack was colourful.

A small dish of April’s protein cookie dough. Which is 1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder mixed into a goo by adding water. I of course added chocolate chips and sprinkles because I can’t help myself. Can’t forget the glob of PB too!

All swirled up and eaten slooowly. This was real thick tonight and almost like eating fudge off my spoon. I can see how April is so obsessed with it! It’s tasty and fun to eat!


Well that wraps it up for tonight. It’s 9:20 and I’m heading straight to bed. Gotta start getting my beauty sleep in preparation for the weekend ;) Don’t forget! If you want to join in on the blogger fun for lunch in Halifax on Sunday, pop me an e-mail at thegreatbalancingact@gmail.com. Can’t wait to meet all you fab ladies!!!


Question of the Day: What “childish” food do you still eat? Sprinkles and mashmallow fluff top that list for me. Although cheestrings and mini cartons of raisins are staple around here. I’ve been experimenting with a lot of baby food lately too!

Posted on February 10, 2010, in Fun, Workouts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 31 Comments.

  1. Gosh.. I can’t think of any (healthy) kiddy foods I still eat. But today I was in the supermarket perusing yoghurt and for a fleeting moment considered buying the chocolate yoghurt my Mum used to get for treats. I still like it from time to time. :D

  2. When I’m at school I totally drink little juice bottles. They’re easier to store in my mini-fridge and last longer than getting a big container of juice when its just me drinking it =)

    My little brother likes Yoo-Hoo so we have little yoo-hoo boxes in my house. I think its the funniest thing in the world when my stepdad gets from work at like 12am (he works at a hospital) and will sometimes have one. Imagine a grown man (who looks strikingly similar to Chuck Norris) suck down a little yoo-hoo box drink LOL

    Nicole G

  3. I’m the same way with rest days- I’m always hungrier than on days I work out!

    I eat baby food mixed into my oatmeal haha. I also love graham crackers…and still own a baby spoon

  4. doooooooooooooooood that workout is KILLER! i definitely wanna do some of those moves tomorrow! i’m trying to come up with different full body workouts for one day out of the week and some of those moves (actually all of them are awesome!)

  5. Hi, I’ve recently started reading your blog. I just wanted to say that I really enjoy reading your informative entries!

  6. how good is the yogi tea- just you wait for the ginger!

    also- for valentines I still get heart shaped pb&j sandwiches- so magical!

  7. I love Kombucha tea I usually drink the premade kind I had no idea Yogi sold it bagged, i will be looking out that!!

  8. Yummy dinn and dessert!

  9. i love your dessert! LOVE marshmellow fluff-i still eat it! and sprinkles too!

  10. I ate a Kid’s Cuisine for lunch yesterday and it was pretty thrilling.

  11. I love your healthy dessert recipes. I’ve never really been a dessert person, but I’ve written a few of them down for those odd occasions when I start craving something sweet.

    My childish food is Gummybears, specifically Haribo Goldbaeren. We could only get them when we were visiting family in Europe for the longest time so I’d load up on bags and bags before coming home. They finally started carrying them in Canada when I was in my early 20’s and I think I actually “woo-hoo”ed at the sight of them.

  12. Yogi tea quotes totally make my day! I am obsessed. (I am totally one of those girls…I drink tea all the time, which is part of the reason my dentist will always have work).

    Little kid foods…let’s see…applesauce came to mind, although I don’t really eat it that often. But it’s good! I do like me some sprinkles, though.

  13. too freakin funny i posted bout sprinkles and then bam, you put them on your food :)

    and i posted your pb cookie things today with a few linkbacks to you :) So far they are getting rave reviews.
    Now if only i could get my freakin commenting situation under control. New system was working then bam, reverted to blogger’s crap again. I hate technology!

  14. Ooooooo that granola really looks good, I need to jump onto that bandwagon!

    On a very rare occasion probably about 2/3 times a year I snap and just gotta have a bag of pick a mix, its the kid in me needing some sweets!

  15. Little kid food–cheerios! Did you know they just came out with chocolate cheerios?! yum!

  16. I am totally the tea person at my office. I have 12 boxes on my desk and am drinking a cup right now.

    As for little kid foods I like sprinkles on my ice cream and I love gummy bears and worms. Especially the sour worms.

  17. Oh wow that breakfast definitely looks deeelicious!
    I’ve never seen kombucha tea not in bottle form! I actually love the taste of kombucha (I crave it,) so I’ll definitely be seeking this one out :)

  18. I love Gardein chik’n! Never had the Sante Fe one but all the others I had are awesome.

    Your dessert looks YUMMY!


  19. My cottage cheese muesli and my protein cookie dough all in one post.. you know the way to my heart! ;)

  20. So I just saw your gues post on Janetha’s blog and had to tell you my little trick. You love peanut butter and dates and I love almond butter and prunes. I call it my prune nut burger because I stack 2 prunes together and fill the middle with almond butter. So funny! Lovin your blog too! Thanks.

  21. I had the Gardein Tuscan Chicken breast for dinner last night!! They are so good, I will have to try the one you had!!

    I love Aprils Protein Brownie batter too!! I love that you added sprinkles and choco chips!!!!

    Have a great day!!

  22. I love tea and I love Kombucha, but I’ve never had it in the tea bag form. Interesting. And the protein brownie batter looks to die for! YUMO!

  23. Those pictures are sharp’! Love that camera….. sigh…

    Kid’s food I love? Candy Corn. Sprinkles. Sandwiches with the crust cut off. :D

    I tried the protein cookie dough and didn’t care for it that much. It’s probably my brand of PP, though. It was sticky.

  24. i LOVE kombucha and I didntknow that yogi made a kombucha tea! i need to get that!

    love your pics and awesome workout too!!

    childish food I still love?? hmm I think that would have to be kiddie cereal like kix or rice krispies!!

  25. haha, I’ve become a snob of my own photos now too. If I have to use my point & shoot or BB I feel like I’m letting the blog down.

    I’m excited to be out eating with bloggers so I can bring James Dean (my Rebel dontcha know) and not feel like an ass.


  26. Yay for sprinkles! you know i feel the same way you do about them :) I am in love with kiddie cereal, too, esp peanut butter crunch, Sick, I know :0 I saaw the comment on the chocolate cheerios above–don’t buy them! I had a sample and they were kind of gross. So disappointing! xoxo

  27. yayyyyy i have gardein coupons and can’t wait to use them. and i totally feel ya about being a picture snob. when my pics are less than stellar, i cringe at having to post them.

    have a GREAT weekend xoxox

  28. Oh, I love so many kids foods! Chicken nuggets, mac & cheese, grilled cheese, PBJ sammies…and when I’m sick, cinnamon toast :) Would you believe I’ve never tried marshmallow fluff?!

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