Thankyousomuch for all the nice comments about my journey to double-digit land! I was surprised by how many of you said you have yet to reach any fitness accomplishments. Bullshit! As I told Ang, some days, just making it to the gym is an accomplishment in itself. We don’t all have to be running marathons here :)
Speaking of which! I do have plans to do a half marathon next spring. I’m iffy about doing one sooner because I’m not too keen on training in the snow and ice. Plus, I think the winter is a great time to focus on strength training and doing those other activities that get neglected while training for races during the summer. I would also love to do a full marathon in 2011. I think next summer will be the season for my half-mary, duathlon and metric century. The summer after that will be The Big One ;)
I thought for this week’s edition of Flashback Friday, it would be fun to look back to the beginnings of the blog. As most of you know, I started The Great Balancing Act in July because blogging at Trying For A Tri felt weird after I finished my triathlon!
To see my first ever blog post go here. It was kind of boring, and the pictures aren’t great. I actually didn’t even tell anyone about the blog until I’d been at it for a week so there would be some content on there first.
I was still calorie counting during those first few months, I gave it up for good in April ‘09. There were some good eats in my first six months as a food blogger though :)
Tofu and fried egg sandwiches…
My first ever sushi…
Experiments in homemade protein bars…
Ginormous mugs of coffee…
Alotta almond butter…
…and post-workout shakes.
A lot of pitas.
Hmmm…I think my favourite of all though was my homemade birthday carrot cake.
Droooool. Can we do this again this year mom? Or maybe…pie!?
I also miss my cute puppies.
But I do not miss this:
Okay, that’s enough fun with old blog pictures. Wanna see what I’m eating these days?
PB&J oats, now pronounced “peeeebjuh”
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 scoop vanilla whey powder
- 1 heaping tbsp PB
- 1 tbsp blueberry jam
I “sandwiched” half the PB and jam in the centre of the bowl again. You can see it peeking out a little!
Dinner was a rather large salad.
These days, I’m eating them out of a casserole dish.
Anyone else eat their romaine lettuce by the head? I guess they’re on the small-ish side, but I still feel pretty badass chopping up a whole head of romaine for just one salad.
- peeled carrot
- roasted sweet potato
- cottage cheese
- cajun spice, cumin and pepper
I ate it all, and still had chocolate after ;)
My legs are feeling pretty good today, so I’m happy a light workout may be in the picture for tomorrow after all! Otherwise, it’s my usual 5am-1pm shift. With no candy, costumes or other Halloween joy. I don’t get trick-or-treaters where I am and I love handing out candy. Anyone in Fredericton care to hire me as a candy-hander-outer tomorrow night? :P
If you are celebrating on Saturday, have fun!! And have a package of rockets for me please ;)
Question of the day: What would be in your flashback Friday food edition? When I do this again another six months down the road, there will definitely be waffles :P
I’ve got a lot of food photos for today! Some days I don’t bother taking pictures of all my eats, others I’m all over it. Today was the latter, so let’s get to it shall we?
I reeeally wanted to make protein pancakes for breakfast this morning, but my plain cottage cheese had gone bad. I know tasting foods is always the best way to tell – but ew. Sour dairy freaks. me. out.
Anyways, the alternative was pretty stellar regardless – oats in a jar!
It was 1/2 cup oat bran, 2 cups water, 2 tbsp protein powder, cinnamon, raisins and almond butter, of course ;)
Looks disgusting but it’s ooohh sooo good. This is the best way to use up the hard nut butter at the bottom of a jar :)
I had the morning off, which meant time to go to step class! It was a different instructor today, she wasn’t as awesome as the last one. But the class was packed with energetic ladies, which perked me up! The moves are starting to come a little easier now. I noticed it felt like I wasn’t working as hard, so next time I’ll add a riser to my step (now that I’m almost sure I won’t fall of :P )
I was a sweaty mess when I came home. My shirt was soaked through! I stuck it out though so I could have a snack first.
Half of a homemade protein bar and a couple clementines. Or tangerines. Little citrus fruit??
Since I was eating lunch at home today, I skipped the usual bread or pita and went straight for a giant salad.
- romaine lettuce
- yellow pepper
- sundried tomato tuna
- Mediterranean cottage cheese
The awesome thing about putting cottage cheese on salads is that it not only ups the protein but acts as a dressing. Yum!
And since I’m photographing everything today, there’s the usual sweet ending.
I feel like I need something a little sweet to end every meal. So I like having half a square of Lindt chocolate. It’s only 25 calories, so it’s not like I’m breaking the bank. This is the fleur de sel kind. Just enough richness to tame that sweet tooth!
Unfortunately, big salads never hold me over that long. So I was snacky all afternoon.
I had some Mary’s crackers with soy nut butter.
For some reason the soy nut butter tastes awesome with these crackers. This was my first time buying them. They’re alright – really hard and crunchy. I’ve never been much of a cracker person though, so I probably won’t spend the $4.50 on them again.
I haven’t been having the best day mood-wise, so I decided to give the whole “baking therapy” thing a try. I’ve been wanting to make muffins forever, so I went to the queen of healthy muffin recipes – Steph Chows.
I opted for the Cinnamon Roll Muffins based on the ingredients I had on hand. I don’t have any pumpkin though, so I subbed it out with a banana.
I think I may have been a little too aggressive with my “swirling,” a lot of them just came out looking mangled! :P
I of course ignored all cooling rules and had one immediately.
With a little melted earth balance. Do I even have to say it was good? They taste more like cinnamon-y banana muffins.
The baking did help my mood a little too :)
Supper was totally random. Which in my kitchen always = delicious.
A tempeh sweet potato quesadilla and broccoli.
A wonderful combo actually! I pan-fried a cubed tempeh burger and miniature sweet potato in cajun spices then put it on an ezekiel tortilla with mozzarella and bbq sauce. Squeezed in the george foreman and dipped in salsa!
I’m leaving for Windsor on Friday, so I’m trying to go the week without getting food. Should be interesting!
Work this evening was a boring city council meeting, but included the highlight of my day. My dad stopped by!! He’s a lawyer, and in town working on a case. Our schedules don’t really match up over these next couple days, so he popped into the media booth to say hi. I’m a total daddy’s girl, what can I say…
More muffin snackage happened upon my return to the office.
Stuffed with a little PB… times two. This is why I don’t bake!!! I actually froze half the batch. Cheapest frozen muffins I’ve had in a while. Take that VitaExpensive. :P
Now I’m curled up in bed. Anticipating the results of my first slow cooker experiment.
Ooooh…. What could it be?? :P Gonna have to wait till tomorrow! Night night!