Posted by Susan
I had a blast reading through everyone’s favourite alcoholic drinks! Glad to hear I’m not the only rye/whiskey girl. Many of you probably know that I’m not a huge drinker anymore. In fact, I consume alcohol maybe only once a month now? If even! I wrote about it in this post. I lost my taste and desire for it, but at the same time, I still need a big night out on the rare occasion :)
Monday was a pretty typical day for me. I was quite proud of myself for dragging my butt to the Monday morning spin class despite my whacky weekend. I pulled myself to the gym again today for some treadmill work and a full-body workout. Nothing suuuuper intense, but a solid sweat sesh nonetheless.
|Minutes||Speed – MPH||Incline|
|Barbell squat||45 lbs||12||1|
|Barbell squat||55 lbs||10||1|
|Barbell squat||65 lbs||8||1|
|Wide-grip lat pulldown||55 lbs||8-12||3|
|Incline dumbbell shoulder press||20 lbs ea||8-12||3|
|Static lunge||10 lbs ea||12||3|
|Cable horizontal woodchop||35 lbs||12||3|
|Hanging leg raises||bw||12||3|
I feel like I should add that I’m still in the beginner stages of the pistol squat! Someday my leg will stick out perfectly in front of me and I’ll get my bum to the floor. But right now my foot just sort of dangles as I try to get my thigh parallel to the ground. It’s tough! I’ve got old-lady hips too, so my threshold for lower-body weightlifting is pretty darn low. My hips were popping and hurting by the time I got to the leg raises.
Today’s desk-breakfast was more cold goo.
Not overnight oats but Grape Nuts! I randomly picked up a box of Grape Nuts cereal because I’d never tried it before. I mixed it with yogurt, almond butter and blueberries. It made my breakfast almost cake-like in texture. I hear the cereal is good heated up, I’ll try that next :)
Morning snack was one of my new favourites, inspired by my mom!
While my mom was visiting, she kept eating deli meat wrapped around cheese. Turns out it’s an awesome high-protein, high-fat snack. Today’s was smoked tofurkey slices around Armstrong herb & cheddar cheese.
Lunch was leftovers!
- ground turkey
- 1 can Heinz chili-spiced kidney beans
- sweet peppers
- minced jalepeno
- minced garlic
- 2 tbsp garlic tomato paste
- fresh green beans
I was so excited about my leftovers today, I forgot to pack an afternoon snack. I had to venture down to the university’s cafeteria where there were unusually slim pickings.
They didn’t even have granola bars!! The chocolate soy milk was pretty good though, I haven’t had it in a while.
I’m also doing well on “operation-become-an-office-tea-drinker.”
Today’s chamomile was also brought to me by the cafeteria. Not sure how I feel about these Lipton teas they offer. They never actually taste like what’s on the label.
I needed to clean the kitchen when I got home, which means a roasted dinner. Throw everything in the oven then clean while it cooks!
And some pepper squash.
Spread with some real buttah ;)
And a giant chicken breast stuffed with Olive & Feta Hummus.
To stuff my chicken, I just slit it down the side and sandwich the good stuff in there :) Hummus and laughing cow are probably my favourite stuffings.
Evening snack was another one of my new favourites – protein cookie dough.
Mixed up 30g chocolate whey protein powder and vanilla almond milk until it was a nice thick goo. Then I stirred in 2 tsp peanut butter, mini chocolate chips and sprinkles. Love this. It seems teeny tiny, but I assure you it’s filling – and that means a lot coming from me!
While licking on my protein batter, I finally cracked open this beast:
Oof. It’s been a while! I kinda stopped studying after my course was delayed by three months. Alas, the course date is fast approaching again (mid-March!) and I still have a lot to get through. Tonight, I learned all about muscular concepts. Lots of info.
Fatty February Update!
Seeing as its past the mid-month mark now, I want to do a quick Fatty February update! I was doing reallyreally well before my Halifax trip. Adding olive oil to things, eating fatty fish and having lots of nut butter. But it obviously all went out the window for a few days there :P Right now, I’m just trying to get back on track with it! These past couple days I’ve been relying on nut butter waaay too much – about 3-4 tbsp a day as my main fat sources. I haven’t tracked my food intake, but I know it’s not enough, and not a balanced way to get it. Making sure I get a wide variety of healthy fats is definitely going to be a continued effort on my part. I’m workin’ on it!
As for any noticeable difference – my belly pudge shrank. Seriously. I half-credit it to my cutting out carb-heavy snacks at night (been doing mostly protein snacks before bed). But I think upping my fat has balanced my macronutrients out to a ratio that is much kinder to my belly bloat.
I weighed myself this morning, and even after the mass consumption of high-calorie sugar foods this weekend, I’m back at my pre-Christmas “happy weight.” Again, I can’t fully credit this to upping my fats, but I think consciously choosing fattier foods has just led to a more balanced diet on my part. One that has helped me maintain my weight better.
So far so good! No noticeable difference with my skin and hair, but I swear my nails are growing faster.
Question of the Day: Fatty February-ers – how are you doing? Any noticeable changes? Any fatty foods you’re loving?