I finally, finally, slept for over eight hours last night. It’s been weeks since I’ve had more than seven. It was glorious. There was no other way to celebrate than by pulling out this bad boy.
My belgian waffle maker :)
I ended up with a delicious stack, using my protein pancake recipe, topped with an “easy berry cobbler” of sorts.
I got in some quality Regis & Kelly time this morning, while unpacking my last box! Yay! I’ll be taking my tour pictures tomorrow when the natural light is best :)
Liverwurst and laughing cow cheese on a bun with carrots + hummus and my po’ man’s version of a caprese salad, with laughing cow. Mind you, it was crazy delicious. This is one of my market heirloom tomatoes. It was melt-in-your-mouth good. Sometimes life doesn’t get better than a deliciously fresh tomato ;)
After digestion, I did something I haven’t done in fore-ever. Okay, since August 17th (thank you blog archives!). I went for a bike ride!
To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t doing a lot of biking a) because I hated carrying it up and down the four flights of stairs in my old apartment, and b) I get scared on it! I can only ride on busy, high-speed roads with little to no shoulder. I’m still not confident enough on my bike to feel safe on it all the time. Especially in traffic, when I have to unclip at intersections, turn left, etc.
Anyways, I went at a low-traffic hour today, which helped. Once I got on the bike I was immediately filled with all those happy endorphins again and loved every minute of it.
Until… I hit the hill. My new place is on a hill. I have two road options to get back up, so I took the one that I’ve done before and already knew I could finish. Oh. Man. I think I’m a little out of cycling shape because it was so hard. BUT I pushed through…going at 9km/hr :P In all, I did 24 km in 60 minutes.
When I came home, I realized a green smoothie had grown in my absence.
My aloe vera is already crumbling just by being in my presence. Definitely should have gone for fakes…
It was my usual Vega combo, 2 scoops Vega Smoothie Infusion, 1 box One Coconut Water, 1 cup frozen papaya chunks.
Dinner was another attempt at kale chips. This time with a lot less salt and a touch of paprika.
Dipped in baba ghanoush.
Muuuuch bettah :) I also had some leftover lentil and bulgur salad.
Tonight, I tried out the BodyFlow class at my new gym. I really liked it! You can check out what a typical class looks like here. It’s a mix of tai chi, yoga and pilates. The tai chi was just the warm-up, with mostly yoga, and a little pilates ab work in the middle. There were lots of hip openers which I loooved, as my hips are one of my “trouble spots.” The tai chi was… interesting. I’m not sure if I’m coordinated enough for it.
Fibre tarts with some Abu on top (a mix of almond butter and almond milk). Nomnomnom. Pretty filling from all the fibrousness :)
Now I just want to make this post a touch longer by talking about something I’ve learned over my weight-loss/health journey. It’s embracing my body shape. You see, I’m an apple. I’m big around the belly, and have long, thin limbs that stick out of it.
I had always been envious of women who carry their weight in their butt and thighs. They can put on a few pounds, and still maintain this itty bitty waist and still fit into their pants. I put on three pounds, and my jeans no longer button.
I’ve never been “curvy.” My thick middle has always given me rectangular measurements (ie my chest, waist and hips are all very similar sizes).
I always thought that my body would transform into this dream shape when I lost those extra 30 lbs. Instead, it looked the exact same, just smaller. Weight lifting definitely helped change this a lot. But even that won’t change my body shape.
I write about this because I am finally in a place where I fully except the body I have. So what if my tummy is plump? My legs are lean, arms free of flab, and chest perfectly pert. I may never drop jaws in a bikini, but I will rock a miniskirt like nobody’s business :P
So my question of the day is: What body type are you? What are the good attributes of it?
See ya tomorrow for a tour of my new place :D
Hello friends! I’m currently sprawled on my couch. The extra morning shift this weekend tuckered me out! Thankfully, I am now officially on my “weekend.” I’ve got Tuesday and Wednesday off. First order off business – sleep. And then maybe spend tomorrow morning in bed watching the Today Show. It’s tough, I know ;)
I have a wonderful kitchen experiment I must share. I shall name them fibre tarts. Sounds appetizing, no? :P
I started off by grinding 1 1/2 cups Fibre 1 cereal in my coffee grinder with some cinnamon.
Then I stirred in 1 tbsp Earth Balance spread, 2 egg whites, 3 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond breeze and a squirt of honey.
I mixed up some fresh blueberries and blackberries with some honey and about 1/2 tbsp lemon juice.
For the “crust,” I took the Fibre 1 mixture and pressed into onto the sides of a greased muffin pan. I baked it first for about 20 minutes at 350 F.
I was pleasantly surprised by how well the Fibre 1 crust held up!
I let them cool off and saved it for an evening snack. I of course, slathered yogurt and pumpkin spice on top.
Major yums!! Not bad for a healthy dessert if I do say so myself ;)
There were some other notable eats at work as well. A bum plum.
It had two pits!!
And prune yogurt.
Anyone ever see the Activia prune flavour before? This was inspired by that. It sat in the fridge overnight and got soft and sweet. It was so good. Try it!
I also did my weekly 5k run after work today. Instead of my usual path in the woods, I took the route downtown. So weird to run in a populated area! It was a mix of sidewalk and gravel trail too, so it was nice to switch up my surface.
I didn’t push my speed that much and still managed to do it in 27:41. Yay! I’m doing the 5k portion of the Terry Fox Run next weekend. I’m wondering if I can get below 27 minutes? Something to shoot for I guess! :)
Oh, and I want to thank you all for your wonderful plant suggestions. Not! Haha, kind of made me feel better about my plant ineptness :) Lori was the only one with a green thumb and had great suggestions. Not surprisingly, as her wonderful garden photos are always gracing the pages of her blog :)
Anyways, I’m a Starvin’ Marvin today. Don’t know what’s up. Think I’ll make some popcorn and continue the couch sprawling while watching “Center Stage” on TV for the gazillionth time. Whatevs, I’m on my weeekeeend!!! :D
Hope you enjoyed yours!