Good Sweat, Good Eats

Happy weekend!!

This is what I look like right now as I type this post, listening to a Lou Reed concert on TV.


Mom grabbed the camera from me as I started writing up this post. See that? That right there?? That’s my blogging game face y’all. Just keepin’ it real.

I’m glad you all enjoyed my most embarrassing post ever. And thank you for sharing your most ludicrous hair styles as well. Made me feel much better about my own style faux-pas :)

Breakfast this morning was a no-brainer. I had homemade Whole Grain Maple Oatmeal Scones to eat!


Toasted with a little buttah for good measure. For my fat/protein I boiled a couple eggs.


Who needs orange juice when you can have a juicy orange?? ;)


This was a spectacular breakfast. Another combination I used to have all the time when I was younger. I need more biscuits and scones in my life!!


However, my mother and I both agree there is a smidge too much baking soda in the scones, and next time I will decrease it to 1/2 tsp from 3/4 tsp.


Only thing that could have made this breakfast better? Freshly ground Haitian coffee with the Saturday paper. *Insert giant “aahhhh” here*

Hit up the co-ed gym today for a weightlifting session because they have better equipment there (don’t get me started on the dinky stuff they carry at women’s-only gyms). I specifically planned to do this on a Saturday so I wouldn’t have to pay for parking. Like I said before, there’s a method to my madness! Muhaha.

Started off with 15 minutes on the adaptive motion trainer. Got my stride a little better on it today and ended up with a tough and sweaty warm-up! Unfortunately, the real work had barely started ;) Did the usual full-body workout alternating between upper-body and lower-body so I could blast through it without having to rest too much. Plus, well, it’s more fun this way!


Exercise Sets Reps Load Muscle Group
Front squat push press  3 10 30 lbs Quads, Glutes, Shoulders


Exercise Sets Reps Load Muscle Group
Barbell bench press  3 10 45 lbs Chest, Front Shoulder
Sumo squat  3 10 65 lbs Quadriceps, Glutes


Exercise Sets Reps Load Muscle Group
One-arm dumbbell row 3 10 25 lbs Whole back
Good morning  3 10 55 lbs Hamstrings, Glutes


Exercise Sets Reps Load Muscle Group
Dumbbell one arm lateral raise 3 10 8 lbs Top/Front Shoulder, Top of back
Bulgarian split squat  3 10 15 lbs Quadriceps, Glutes


Exercise Sets Reps Load Muscle Group
Kickback  3 10 10 lbs Triceps
Cable hip adduction 3 10 15 lbs Inner thigh


Exercise Sets Reps Load Muscle Group
Incline curl  3 10 10 lbs Biceps
Seated calf raise 3 10 50 lbs Calves


Exercise Sets Reps Load Muscle Group
Cable horizontal woodchop  3 10 25 lbs Obliques
Captain’s chair 3 10 bw Abs


Phew! Whole thing took me 1 hour and 20 minutes. It was a stellar workout though, and every muscle in my body was worked! You can cut the warm-up in half, or cut out some of the isolation moves at the end to make it shorter (triceps, biceps, adductor, calf and abs). Of course, I’m unemployed, so I have nothing better to do than waste my morning at the gym ;)


I tend to crave melty cheese on pita bread after weight lifting. Today’s melty pita featured swiss, pepperoni and mustard, with red pepper, onion and romaine.


Late morning workouts are the greatest, because I get to come home and refuel with a wonderful lunch :)

And, erm, a wonderful dessert.


I only had three, but it took me almost five minutes to eat while I let the chocolate melt in my mouth. Mmmmm…

I took over dinner prep tonight. We all agreed we wanted hamburger of some sort, and after throwing around a few ideas, the thought of Meatloaf Pizza popped into my head. Perfection!!

Started with:

  • 3 tbsp pizza sauce (I use the Eden Organic pizza/pasta stuff)
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp basil
  • 1/2 tbsp oregano
  • a pinch each of salt and pepper


Then comes the fun part, add one pound of lean ground meat and mix it up with your hands.


Tonight I used buffalo meat, but last time I used turkey and both tasted just as well!


Flatten onto a sprayed pizza pan and cover with more pizza sauce.


Add any toppings you like!


We kept it classic tonight with bell peppers, onions and mushrooms. The original recipe calls for one cup of shredded cheese, I used about 3/4 cup and it was still lots. Mozzarella of course!


Then bake in a 400F oven for 15-20 minutes on the bottom rack.


It was ready after about 19 minutes in my mom’s oven. Just as the veggies were getting tender in the steamer!


Why have crust when you can just have more meat and vegetables?



My plate!!


Mark gave it another one of his famous “gold stars.” However, I was informed the best rating is in fact a “platinum star” and that is reserved for chocolate goods only.


I overheard my mom and Mark planning on ways to get me to skip over Toronto and come back here to be their live-in homemaker. I cut a deal with my mom that I’d go hone my culinary skills in Toronto, then come back and accept the position ;)

The poodle however, is still coming with me.


How am I going to leave this face!? Even more, how does he sleep like that??

Remember this photo?

Silly poodle.


Okee dokie, I am outta here. Time to take this blogging game face and go stick it in a book. I’ll be back tomorrow to talk about what the experts are saying about pre-workout nutrition. See ya then!


Question of the Day: What is your favourite kind of pizza? Since it’s my own question I’m going to cheat and say cheesy garlic fingers dipped in donair sauce ;)

Posted on June 5, 2010, in Workouts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. My favorite pizza is from a local pizza place in Milwaukee and includes four cheeses with truffle scented olive oil and garlic. It’s seriously delicious!

    Love the poodle pics. My basset falls asleep in similar positions. Dogs are so funny!

  2. Love that no-crust-pizza! Makes me want to have pizza but I don’t have anything for the toppings…haha. My favorite pizza is Hawaiian (pineapple and ham) and mixed veggie pizza with no cheese (bell peppers, button mushrooms,pineapple)

  3. adrienmelaine

    I love whole wheat thin crust pizza, loaded with veggies and cheese (if I didn’t break out from the dairy it would be even better!)..

    I would have never thought to make a meat loaf pizza, that’s impressive!

  4. I’ve never once thought to make a meat loaf & use it as a pizza base. never.

    I have my own pizza stone so we’re yet to perfect our dough but it has to be thin & would include ricotta & spinach & herbs.

    I have a blogging face too, it’s a serious business!

  5. A newspaper and coffee girl like myself! :)

    My favourite kind of pizza is a white pizza with loads of cheese, mushrooms, artichokes and maybe spinach or broccoli. Now I am sitting here wondering why I haven’t had one of these in like forever.

  6. Your blog is beautiful, I love it! My favorite pizza is the Mega Veggie from Mellow Mushroom. For frozen pizza I really like Amy’s brand. Oh and my best friend always brings back Cadbury eggs from England and they are so tasty! Your dog is adorable by the way :)

  7. Fantastic workout! I LOVE late morning workouts too for the very same reason!
    OMG! Cutest pup photos ever! Dogs have way too much personality!
    Interesting take on a pizza! I have never seen that before but not a bad idea at all!
    I am not a huge fan of pizza (Gasp- I know!) but I def prefer homemade when I am in the mood with tons of veggies!! olives are a must too!

  8. I had one of the best pizzas today…a super super thin crispy crust, with roasted kabocha, parmesan, goat cheese, arugula, light mustard dressing, and macadamia nuts!! So good!

    And haha, love your blogging face. There’s an attitude in there…a self-confidence, too!

  9. it almost made me spit my coffee out when i saw you use the word “load” instead of weight. you win at life! yay for meatza! and LOL @ mark’s rating system.

    glad to be caught up. i’ve been missing you! naturally your blog was the first place i came (after heab’s while eating pancakes)


  10. That is the best idea for pizza ever! Why haven’t I thought of that?! Too bad I just got back from the grocery store; I didn’t get any ground turkey this week… oh well, next week DEFINATELY!

  11. I am reading your posts in reverse order. In my head, this makes sense…work with me here, k?! I was just thinking today that I need to try baking scones! I make muffins all the time but haven’t baked scones from scratch for years. Need to change that.

    Um, I am probably a wee bit too excited to recognise some of your workout moves! I love long workouts. And glad that my gym is well-stocked- what does the woman’s only gym have? My gym has a machine section, mat section and then free weights and the free weight bit is where all the guys hang out. I am venturing in there by myself tomorrow.

    I need to try buffalo meat! I think they might have it at the farmers market here…but that meatloaf pizza looks amazing. My favourite pizza is spinach and ricotta. I think. Don’t make me pick! The only topping I don’t like is chicken (it gets dry), but strangely I love green peppers and black olives on pizza but hate them in anything else.

  12. Dang Susan! That is one kickass workout! How do you feel today? LOL

    I love straight up cheese pizza. I actually love calzones more. A cheese calzone with added feta inside and I am in heaven :D Can one have too much cheese? I think not.

  13. love your game face. girl you are so intense..and i know i am the same way. i write and do everything 110% so i think i have my game face on alot :)

    fave pizza..well fave topping is pineapple. hands down!

    thx for your great comment today re my show :)

  14. The scone looks fab! The meat loaf pizza looks interesting never heard of that creation before! x x

  15. Pineapple Jalapeno – extra sauce, light on the cheese, please!

  16. This Meatloaf Pizza sounds ahh-mazing! I cannot wait to make it with extra lean ground chicken. I am definitely making this asap.

    Love reading your blog btw!

    – Alana :)

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