Hellooo!! Gee whiz, thanks a bunch for all the compliments on my cottage pictures! To be perfectly honest, I’m a little paranoid that I’m, ahem, “filling out” a little since moving back home to my mom’s. So it was beyond awesome that some of you noticed all my hard work in gym paying off :)
Well, hard work I was doing. As there was absolutely no time spent in the weight room today. Instead, my day began at 6:30 am, a mere six hours after falling asleep.
I was hungry. I have this bad habit of waking up with my tummy in mid-growl. I’ve been like this all my life, it’s always a challenge finding a way to tame the beast!
I fell out of bed, hair wild, old mascara well on its way to my cheeks. Chugged a glass of water and felt my way to the kitchen.
Van’s mini waffles, sweet little breakfast cookies I like to think of them as. Dipped in a concoction of almond butter, protein powder, cinnamon, vanilla extract and almond milk.
I remember this being delicious. It truly is all about the dipping. It’s a lot more fun than topping and dripping everywhere.
I then stumbled back to bed, read a few blogs, and promptly passed out until 10am.
The second time around was much better. I was functioning enough to put on a pot of coffee and became a member of the living once again. My mom is still getting used to this bad habit of mine of getting up early to eat breakfast then going back to bed. I’m sure this is not the healthiest thing to do… but it at least deals with that hunger beast!
By this time though, I was hungry again. My stomach doesn’t sleep while the rest of my body does.
This is a new-to-me Larabar flavour purchased while in Halifax not that long ago.
I don’t eat Larabars that much anymore because they’re too sugary and calorie dense for their size, despite the natural ingredients. But I do love the taste of them, now including this flavour!
I can confidently say this is my second favourite flavour now (after PB&J). Although, I really want to make my own version of this. The ingredients are just dates, peanut butter and peanuts. Easy peasy!
I then proceeded to get lost in a vortex of planning and booking various travels. My stomach eventually told me it was lunch. But not before I had to start “la-la-la-ing” and shut off the TV when Whoopi Goldberg started talking about the Lost finale. I haven’t watched it yet!!
Fridge was empty after our weekend getaway. Scrounged together an egg and bacon salad with mayo, onion, celery and red pepper, spread on top of ezekiel toast.
Bacon is my new love. I never used to buy bacon when living alone because it intimidated me. But it is plentiful in my mother’s fridge and I like it. I like it a lot.
This afternoon I re-packed all my belongings. I hate packing. But I think I hate unpacking everything and repacking it more. It called for an afternoon chocolate fix.
Ohyes, I’m still eating my little bowls of protein brownie batter! This version is 40g natural whey powder (unflavoured) with 2 tbsp hot chocolate mix. Made fudgey with a dash of water and bits of chocolate chips. I’m easy to please, and this did the trick :)
Mark (my mom’s boyfriendlifepartner) showed up with arms full of groceries just as I was beginning to gnaw on my forearm. Score!!
I called him today and requested kale be in this week’s haul. I’m obsessed with this stuff you guys. Best salad base ever.
Just rip it off the stem and mush it all up with your hands. It softens the leaves (leafs?) and gets rid of the bitter juices.
The usual combo with tuna as my protein, hummus as my dressing, and feta as the extra sumthin’ to make my tastebuds happy :)
Monthly Goal Check-In:
Strength train three times a week, with a focus in muscular power. In case you are wondering, “muscular power” means “plyometrics.” I hate plyo. Hatehatehate. But I did do a little of it in my weight sessions last week. Progress!
Run twice a week, increasing my mileage by 10% each week. I only ran once, a 4-mile trail run at my cottage. My foot feels fine – I really think it’s the walking that’s killing it! Strange.
Stop buying dairy, eating it only when out or when it’s “a must.” I’m still essentially off all cottage cheese and yogurt with 20g of hard cheese a day. Nothing new here, but I will be writing out some thoughts on this at the end of the month.
Stay away from refined sugars, again eating only for special occasions. Wain! I love sugar! I had Oh Henry bars and cinnamon rolls, and a piece of Queen Elizabeth Cake my Nana conveniently froze for me. I think this goal was doomed from the start.
Improve my organization. Make lists, finish them, know what needs to be done, when. Check! I got a handy dandy notebook and have been writing all the important details of life in it. Amazing how much stress can be relieved just by transferring it to paper.
Spend time with my family. This has been my life as of late. I love it.
Enjoy and soak up every single minute. Step classes with my mom, Lost nights with my dad, even cleaning out a cottage with my big sis. I will cherish these moments for a very, very long time :)
Now, some other updates in my life for those of you who may keep track (which, really, is sort of impossible these days). I’d been planning on moving to Toronto for June 1st, but there’s been a change in plans! I’m staying at my mom’s a little longer. Here’s what my new future looks like:
June 9 – Fly to Calgary, Alberta from the Maritimes.
June 10 – Go into Banff for what promises to be the blogger journey of a lifetime featuring Holly and Karen.
June 16 – Fly from Calgary to Ottawa and spend 10 days hanging out in my big sis’ sweet bachelorette pad!
June 25 – Train to Toronto with my sis and stay there for good!!
Well, there will be another trip to Ottawa in July, and the Healthy Living Summit in Chicago in August, but Toronto will be my new home :)
Needless to say, figuring out the logistics of this has been slightly mind-bending. Hence the need to unpack and re-pack my things today. I won’t sugar-coat things. I haven’t worked in almost a month and I’m flat broke. I’ve tucked away some spare change for some of this madness, but I’m also a very lucky girl to have a family that can support my falling back on them. For some reason they aren’t sick of me yet and are more than willing to help out.
In the meantime, I’ve got to get to bed. There will be some plyo in the gym tomorrow, all before an 11am folk concert!
See ya then! xoxo
Question of the Day: How is everyone doing on their goals? Do you even remember them? You better!! :P
I’m on my weeekeennd!!! Tomorrow, I will be arriving here:
Sigh. One thing I will miss about the Maritimes is being so close to the ocean. My mommy always used to bring me to Halifax when I was a kid and ask me if I could see England :P
But let’s be realistic here, a good chunk of my time will be spent here:
But I’m getting ahead of myself here. It’s still Thursday!
I got up this morning for a cardio machine workout. I’ve been doing a lot of these lately because I lost my iPod. I used to run on the treadmill for my cardio days. But 60 minutes on the treadmill without music sounds mind-numbingly boring to me. So instead I did the now-usual 35 minutes intervals on the elliptical, 10 minutes on the rowing machine, 10 minutes on the stair mill. The elliptical intervals get my heart pumping, the rowing machine works my upper body and the stairmill does a number on my lower body. Perfection!
Then it was off to work for another successful cold breakfast.
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
- 1/2 chopped apple
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
Another winner!! Well, as far as cold breakfasts go. We have a microwave at my office, but the room it’s in is always locked till later in the morning :(
Morning snack was a peanut butter & jelly Larabar.
Lunch was spectacular!!
I know, looks like a boring sandwich and orange. But for the sandwich I spread on 1 tbsp peanut butter then mixed 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder with a touch of water to make it into a thick goo. Then I spread it on the other slice of bread. Omg. So. Good. It tasted like nutella!! Plus, it was a great way to add some protein to a PB sandwich :)
Afternoon snack included baby carrots and Olive & Feta Hummus.
Also, I tried another Yogi tea in my attempts to be an office tea-drinker.
I expected this to taste like NeoCitran, but it was really good! More ginger-y than lemon-y. For some reason, I don’t like fresh ginger, but I love ginger-flavoured things. Plus, it totally cleared up my sinuses :)
Came home and tried something different for supper – parsnip fries!
And by “fries” I mean, “sliced in small strips and sprayed in oil, salt and paprika.” I do the same exact thing with all root veggies and call them “fries.”
Next to the fries was an egg scramble.
Aaalll together now!
This was only my second time using chipotle, and hot damn those things are… hot. My lips were burning! But I really enjoy the smoky taste of it. The parsnip fries were quite good as well. They hold up really nicely, and don’t get floppy like some other veggies tend to.
Well I wish I had more exciting things to ramble about, but I jut finished putting all the posts up for this weekend and I’m all blogged out! I will miss you guys this weekend… but not too much ;) Have a great Valentine’s Day! <3
Question of the Day: What’s your favourite spice? Four of the C’s get the most use in my kitchen – Cinnamon, Chili, Curry and Cumin. Sometimes all together! ;)