Upper-cuts and Burgers

So while I was blogging and watching Jamie’s Food Revolution last night (in preparation for Jamie and I’s wedding day, of course) I munched on some notable munchables.


I started doing high-protein snacks at night because it helped me in the belly-pudge department. But after writing that exam, I just wanted to veg and munch away! Behold, kettle popcorn with almond butter, cinnamon and raisins. When you toss hot popcorn in creamy almond butter, it melts and coats everything. Messy to eat but SO worth it. I’m sure some people would be proud ;)

Anyways, it was late by the time I wound down last night, and my body clock didn’t clue in to the fact that it was a Saturday. If I can’t sleep, at least I can eat well.

Protein pancakes basking in the morning sun.

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • cinnamon
  • maple extract
  • 1 stevia packet

All blended up with my immersion blender and cooked on the stovetop.

Fun fact: most of you said you enjoy your waffles best topped with syrup and butter. So in your honour, that’s how I ate my pancakes today. Okay, butter-ed and syrup-ed is also my fave way to eat pancakes.


Pancakes were dipped into the syrup. I’m anti-drizzle. The edges must stay crispy at all costs.

Spent my morning in bed reading blogs. I wish every day could start this way!

I decided to go to a noon-hour exercise class, so I split my morning snack into two parts so I wasn’t hungry for lunch by the time I showed up at the gym.

Snack numero uno.

Homemade Dark Chocolate S’mores Protein Bar. One of the little end-piece nubbins because I suck at cutting equal sized pieces of anything.

Snack numero dos.

Naner with cinnamon and raisins. I’m on a raisins kick! I want them in everything!

This fuelled me up perfectly for my first ever kickboxing class!!! My gym, GoodLife Fitness, does Les Mills exercise classes. Pre-choreographed classes by some guy in New Zealand that gyms use all over the world. At first I didn’t like the concept of doing the same thing every class (they change them every three months or so), but they’re really well done! I thrive on music when I work out, and they’re all very well choreographed to go with the music. Which is surprisingly not that awful.

So far I have done:

So today I tried out the final class they offer, Body Combat. Here’s what a typical class looks like according to the website:


This is where you will learn all the moves that will be used throughout the class and warm up your body and mind for the battle ahead.


Visualise your opponent and unleash into your first fight combination.

3. POWER 1

Enter an aerobic training zone with a focus on speed, power and endurance.


Fight for your life! Inject all your power and energy into every combination as you again challenge your imaginary opponent.

5. POWER 2

You’re halfway through the fight. Use punches only to drill the upper body for a second time.


Time to recover as we lower the intensity to prepare for the final phase.


Explode into a Muay Thai encounter, push yourself to a higher fitness level and leave your opponent for dust!

8. POWER 3

Go hard out and don’t look back until you complete this upper body power blast and seal the deal on your fitness objectives.


Take to the floor and cap off the workout with some strength training.


Payback time – stretch out and lengthen all those hard-worked muscles.

The main reason why I ended up doing this one last is because I thought I wouldn’t like it. I’m the least aggressive person you’ll ever meet. I figured I’d injure myself through some horribly executed roundhouse kick. I was going to blow my rotator cuff punching the air for sure.

And you know what? I absolutely loved it. For realz!!! It reminded me a lot of Body Attack, but with more upper body movements. It kept me interested, worked me hard, but didn’t kill me. I got a pretty good workout out of it, burning 400 calories. Which is a typical workout burn for me. We had one of the gym’s best instructors teaching it today too – which always helps!!

It’s also worth mentioning that the fittest people I have ever seen in my gym were all in this class. I don’t know where they came from, but I was suddenly surrounded by perfectly sculpted, gorgeous women, who all had some aggression to take out. If there are any Fredericton men out there reading, Saturdays at GoodLife is where you can find them :P

My body felt great during the class too – three days of consecutive rest did it good!

Aaaaanyways! Came home and had 30 minutes before I had to show my apartment to a prospective subletter. I had time to shower or eat, but not both. You know which won.


Turkey salad pita with carrots. I’m back on the pita wagon and it feels good. But typing this out, I realize I forgot to explain to the potential subletter why I was stinky and wearing tight shorts.

Was going to take the boy out for a walk, but it started raining. So I had to put up with him looking up at me expectantly all day. Whyyy are dogs so good at guilt trips!?

Fun fact: Archie likes to squeeze himself into tight spaces. Much like in this picture where he’s in the side of the couch. He also has the habit of taking his doggie kibbles and hiding them around my apartment. So if there’s not a poodle between my couch cushions, there’s definitely a few pieces of dog food.

Boring snack, pretty bowl.


Yogurt with strawberries and Grape Nuts. I just wanted to take a picture of it :)

For dinner, I went out to a new burger joint in town called Relish. I was here a few weeks ago, but it went unphotodocumented, didn’t want it to happen again! 


Let’s hope dude at the counter has a bike outside.

And why yes, that would be half of Chris’ face in that photo! We were catching up. T’was nice to hear what my former best friend’s been up to since the great divide. He broke a rib snowboarding!! And hasn’t been out biking yet, which makes me feel slightly better about having ole’ Scottie (my road bike) still cooped up.

I asked all my Twitter friends what I should get,  and the consensus was the L.A. is my Lady: sliced avocado, roasted peppers, basil pesto, creamy goat`s cheese.

My Twitter friends are so smart :) You can’t see the toppings in this pic because the turkey patty was so huge, but they were delicious!! And there were beets mixed with caramelized onions on there too! For the side I ordered the sundried basil bean salad that was on special. It was okay. I think it was actually green beans, mango and walnuts. I polished off the burger and loved every single bite!!!

Now I am back home cozied up with my poodle. Thinking of…

a) Finishing up some work I didn’t get to Friday afternoon

b) Catching up on America’s Next Top Model

Guess which one will win? :P


Question of the Day: What’s your favourite burger topping? Mine is RELISH! (oddly, I didn’t get any at the place called “Relish”)

Bonus question: Have you tried kickboxing? Like? Dislike? I think I might actually go again next week :)

Posted on April 17, 2010, in Restaurants, Workouts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.

  1. It’s always good to try new things. I haven’t tried KB but wouldn’t be against trying it someday it’s convenient. On my burgers ideally I want mustard,ketchup,relish,cheese and a slice of tomato.
    If I can’t have it that way it’s just not the same for me.

  2. Archie is so cute! You’re not gonna be able to give him back! I can see it happening. Or you are going to get the dog bug for yourself :D

    Burgers. If the burger itself is amazing, it doesn’t need a topping.

    Otherwise, I love it crusted with cracked peppercorns and bleu cheese sauce. Um yum!

    I tried kickboxing thinking I would love it, but just couldn’t get into it. Too much start/stop for me. Same reason I didn’t like the 30-day Shred.

  3. I have tried kickboxing several times and absolutely love it! It’s always such a great workout.

    That burger looks delish!

  4. I am a mayo fiend all the way, baby!

  5. I thought I was the only person who watched ANTM nowadays!


  6. LOL THE GUY WITH THE HELMET! your comment cracked me up.. i guess some people just need to walk around with helmets on

  7. holy moly…i want to go to that burger joint! and i totally caught up with an ex-boyf not too long ago. i actually kinda like the fact that i can do that. its nice to know that not everything has to end horrible and bitterly, ya know?

    yay for exam being over and time to veg. i obvs hope you chose the ANTM marathon – i am such a sucker :)

    the BEST burger i ever had was in australia – lettuce, tomato, fried egg, beets, hamburger patty, seedy bun, pineapple – it had everything and it was AH-MAY-ZING!

  8. Was that your ex that you went out with??!! Love the turkey burger. Your snacks are far from normal. I still love to see those Grape Nuts!

  9. Great popcorn! Yes, AB (or PB) melts quite nicely! I am trying to do coconut oil b/c it’s umm pure fat and I need to up that but PB is great too!

    The nanas w/ raisins are perfect. OMG holy perfect food porn :)

    Burger? Havent had one in 20 yrs.

    You getting caught up on my posts and telling me that when you blogging mojo aint happening you have a “story” to tell or something like that…yeah, I need to do that. And also take a day off :)

  10. I must try almond butter popcorn – looks amazing! I love ketchup and hummus on veg burgers,

  11. yum, those pancakes are lovely! And I love kickboxing, so much fun.. if it’s a good class!

  12. i tried kickboxing once a longgg time ago and it was actually pretty fun :) I’m an aggressive person so the whole kick/punch thing is relieving haha

    I like to dip my ‘cakes too because then they get all soggy. My favorite topping is yogurt + pb!

  13. Your food looks amazing. And the banana topped with raisins? Wonderful!

    When we have veggie burgers I love a great spicy mustard and a fresh tomato on it! Yum!

  14. I tried Body Combat once, and I didn’t think it was that good of a work out. However, I have a pretty hardcore friend that loves it, so the day I went must’ve been a fluke. I should probably put Body Combat back on my to do list.

    I’m trying Flow for the first time this morning!

    • It could have been that particular release too, this one seemed to have us jumping around a lot so my heart rate got pretty high. Have fun at Flow!! Can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

  15. I LOVE kickboxing! It’s a great indoor workout during the winter :-). Or anytime for that matter!

  16. That cute face gets me every time :)

    That burger looks fab!! I love caramelized onions & sauteed mushrooms on burgers. Mmm….

    And I haven’t done kickboxing in years, but I liked it when I did it!!


  17. Love the idea of nut butter w/ popcorn! It’s good w/ a little cocoa powder and stevia too!

  18. 1. I like my pancake edges crispy too! Score for dipping!

    2. I love jalapenos on my burgers!

    3. I havent been to a kickboxing class in years but I hope to this summer!

  19. Did you just say, “FOR REALZ”?!!!! Bwahahaha…words I never thought I would see on this blog :P Glad you enjoyed the class- body combat sounds awesome to me. My gym have it too- wonder if it is the same worldwide? I’ve done kickboxing a couple of times on a one-on-one basis years ago. Broke my wrist and thumb at the end of the second session and that was the end of that (this was pre-osteoporosis, lol…guess I had a lot of pent up anger to releas!)

    Glad you got the goats cheese and pesto topping…man, I was drooling over that menu last night.

    Best burger I ever had was a turkey burger with cranberry chutney and shaved brussel sprouts. The side of sweet potato fries was pretty amazing too.

    Cheddar cheese, sauteed onions, ketchup and coleslaw (mayo coleslaw) is a classic winning combo for me too. On beef!

  20. Holy YUM for that sandwich, Susan!
    I´ve never had a waffle, but I´m sure it tastes amazing with syrup and butter :)
    Have a great Sunday!
    Brazilian XOXO´s,

  21. I have a huge crush on kickboxing :)
    I haven’t done it for years because my gym only offers it at like 10am on tues/thurs (who the heck goes?!) but I love it.
    The classes where they let you kick and bunch the dummies is even better. It’s a whole different workout when you’re actually coming into contact with something instead of the air!

  22. Holy cow–that LA is my Lady look so good!

    I’m a simple girl…I need tons of ketchup on my burgers! I could forgo all other toppings if I could just have my ketchup :)

    I did cardio kickboxing a lot in high school. It was the first exercise I ever really did regularly, and it helped me lose the first 30 lbs!

  23. Um yes, that burger is looking fine! And delicious. Can I just say (without any intentional offense to other bloggers) that I’m soo happy you ended your vegetarian ways?? ;)

  24. Susan –
    We love your blog and your enthusiasm for health & wellness.
    The photos are awesome, and your story is inspiring. We look forward to reading more!

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