Hellooo friends!! Did many of you have to work today? I didn’t, I’m on a four-day weekend, and I’m honestly excited to go back to work! How weird is that? I don’t think I’ve ever had a job I liked that much before :P
Even after four days, my body clock is still set on early. It’s at least nice to be able to eat in bed and not at my office desk :)
Today’s breakfast was cream of oats cooked with soy protein powder, benefibre and cinnamon. It cooked up so quick on the stove! Five minutes flat.
Topped with blueberry jam and peanut butter. Cream of wheat isn’t quite the nutritional powerhouse of oats, but it is notably high in iron. I know some ladies need to keep on top of their iron levels ;)
I took the day off exercise after yesterday’s two-hour extravaganza. The only part of me that’s sore is my chest after doing 5 minutes of chest presses. I noticed I only had one serving of coffee grinds left, so I decided to skip it today since I wouldn’t be working out anyways. I’ve been in a fog all day! Not to mention, suffering from a dull headache. I drink one french press a day, and I hadn’t realized I’d become so dependent on it. Boo. I’m not giving it up though, blasphemy! :P
I spent the morning cleaning and watching the last of the Real World DC. Broke for an early lunch because my hunger is always out. of. control. on rest days.
After everything was clean, I got into the kitchen to mess it up again. Started with some treats for Treat
Monday Tuesday at work!
I made a batch of homemade turtle pretzels that I first made over the holidays. This time I was able to find waffle pretzels, and I used mini Rolos instead of the giant caramel cups I used before. Oddly, I can’t find regular sized Rolos anywhere.
Anyways, stuck the Rolos on top of the pretzels and put them in a 250 F oven for about 5 minutes – just enough to soften up the chocolate. Then I pressed a pecan half on top of each one and let cool.
And by “let cool” I mean taste test ;)
These were a hit over Christmas, so I knew they deserved a re-make for the office.
Not to mention, they’re a little on the lower-calorie side compared to the cookies and squares I’ve been bringing in. A nice post-Easter indulgence ;)
Afterwards, I got adventurous and tried out a new homemade protein bar recipe. These aren’t perfected yet, but I’ll share anyways in case you want to build upon it to make it better. My goal was to have a dense and crumbly baked bar.
Then I mixed in 4 packets Benefibre, 2 scoops chocolate whey powder, 2 scoops vanilla whey powder, 6 tbsp crunchy peanut butter, 1/2 cup egg whites.
Baked at 350 F for 15-20 minutes (however long it takes to do the dishes).
Et voila! Makes 8 bars.
Like I said, needs work. I don’t like the “squeaky” texture whey gets when it’s baked, even though I thought I was going to avoid it here. And oddly, they’re a little more bland than the unbaked variety, even though it’s the same exact ingredients. Still edible though, and will make for easier transportation :)
Supper was a four ingredient dinner. No ham today!!
- Turkey breast
- Sweet potato
- Barbecue sauce
Tossed together and baked. I’m loving these minimal ingredient dinners! So simple and tasty :) I like being able to taste every ingredient…
Ohyes, and there was a lot more studying today…
I can name the main structures of the heart! Yayyy! Exam is April 17, and I still feel like I have a lot to get through. I also fell asleep while studying today. I never just randomly fall asleep like that! I conked out for a solid 30 minutes, only to wake up with my laptop still on my tummy and my glasses on. That’s what happens when I skip my coffee!!
Question of the Day: Are you a coffee person? Do you rely on caffeine? I drink two big cups, or a french press’ worth, of coffee a day. All before 10am, any later and it effects my sleep at night. I drink one of those cups before I work out in the morning and it makes a world of difference in my workout. I never thought I was dependent on it, but I guess I am. I better sleep well tonight!
I had a blast reading through the comments on my Outrageous Lies post! It was fun to see what y’all think I’ve done – and many of you guessed right! As a refresher, I listed 5 outrageous lies and one truth, and you had to guess the truth. Here’s what I listed:
1. I read 36 books one summer in elementary school.
2. I won the highland dancing provincials when I was 6 years old.
3. I’ve been to Sidney Crosby’s house in Halifax although he wasn’t home at the time.
4. The fastest mile I ever ran was done in 7 minutes and 14 seconds.
5. I once made a vanilla latte for Jack White of the White Stripes.
6. When I was a reporter, I did a live television hit for Canada’s national news network, CBC Newsworld.
So the answer?? Number 5!!! I did indeed make a vanilla latte for Jack White of the White Stripes once. Actually, it was a triple grande sugar-free vanilla nonfat latte. For any newer readers, I worked at Starbucks for about five years on and off. A couple years ago, I was helping out the Starbucks in Moncton for a weekend while I was in town for a White Stripes concert. Wouldn’t ya know Mr. White himself and his manager walked in wearing black and red suits! They stuck out like sore thumbs in our small-city Starbucks :P I’ve made coffee for a lot of well-known people over the years, but he was definitely the biggest! The concert that night was awesome too ;)
And in case you were wondering, the rest of the outrageous things aren’t that outrageous, because I purposely made them feasible.
1) My record for books read in one summer is 24
2) I did highland dancing as a kid but never won competitions
3) I’ve never been to the house, but I know the person who owned it previously
4) My fastest mile is closer to 8 minutes
6) I’ve done live television hits but never for the CBC.
That was fun!
Okay, on to things that actually happened ;)
I had a tough treadmill session today. I think I actually pushed myself a touch too hard. But I guess I’m never going to get better unless I test my limits!
|Minutes||Speed – MPH|
|5-10||5.5 – 5.9|
|10-15||5.6 – 6.0|
|15-20||5.7 – 6.1|
|20-25||5.8 – 6.2|
|25-30||5.9 – 6.3|
|30-35||6.0 – 6.4|
|35-40||6.1 – 6.5|
|40-45||6.2 – 6.6|
|45-50||6.3 – 6.7|
|50-55||6.4 – 6.8|
|55-60||6.5 – 6.9|
In case that’s hard to read, I essentially increased my speed by 0.1 mph every minute for five minutes, then I would go back down a little and start the increase again. I also did this on 1.5% incline, slightly higher than the 1% I’m used to. I don’t know if it was the speeds, incline or just me today, but it wore me out. Definitely feel like I over-exerted myself :(
I brought something different to work for breakfast today:
Cream of wheat! Mixed with 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder, cinnamon and raisins. The room with the microwave was locked again, so I had to sneak upstairs to my boss’ office to use his. And of course, it exploded!
Gah. There is nothing worse when you’re starving from a workout and breakfast turns into a disaster. I had to scrape the cream of wheat off the rotating plate into my mug :P No way I was losing that amount of food!! I think I need to try it stove-top before I come to a solid opinion on it, so far it tastes like oat bran. But I like that it’s high in iron.
Work was busybusy! I almost fainted in a meeting because I was in a calorie deficit for too long. I hadn’t yet consumed the calories I burned running this morning. Not cool. My body does not like that. I attacked a fruit tray after and the sugar immediately made me feel better.
Now, you’re probably wondering where my morning waffle is. I mean, it is Waffle Wednesday after all. But who says waffles are just for the morning??
My usual protein pancake recipe cut down to 1/3 measurements to make one giant waffle, topped with almond butter, yogurts, heated plum, maple syrup and homemade granola.
I also have some recipe attempts to share today!
I know a lot of you are sweet potato fry lovers, but I think butternut squash fries trump all varieties for me!
Except she gussied hers up with almonds on the top. An idea I will have to steal for my next batch ;)
If you have a recipe you’ve tried that you want featured, send it my way! If you’re a blogger, send me the link to your post. For you non-bloggers, It will give you an excuse to finally take pictures of your food. My e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org Let me know if you’ve got any tips or tricks to include as well, different methods work for different people!
Well, I wanted to include a lot more in my post tonight, but today is just one of those days where time is not on my side. I just got back from a friend’s place where I spent my evening making faces at a 10-week old baby. I got to hear his first laughs!!
How bout some questions?
1. One outrageous truth about yourself? I’m pretty boring, but people usually get a kick out of the fact that I used to sing/play guitar in an all-girl punk band.
2. Favourite way to eat breakfast for dinner? Omelettes!
3. Your one go-to recipe. I’ve made this Southwestern Quinoa and Chickpea salad a million times and it’s always delicious.