Hello friends!! Another Waffle Wednesday without waffles! Boo! My Belgian waffle maker is actually in Ottawa right now with my sister. Long story, but I will be reunited with it once again in two weeks time :)
This time next Wednesday I’ll be landing in Calgary! Eeeee!!
Anyways, as always, I am getting ahead of myself again.
This morning I brought back an old favourite – Oatmeal & Yogurt Parfait.
I started with a base of rolled oats cooked with egg whites. Then topped with frozen berries.
The layers continue with yogurt, fibre cereal and sliced almonds.
First time having yogurt in over a month!!! It hasn’t changed much in a month ;) My belly digested it just fine!
I must also report that my family completely wrecked and demolished the pan of chocolate chip blondies in less than 24 hours.
I played my part by having one as the pre-workout snack of champions. Blondie + apple. It was the perfect fuel!!
I dragged my mom to the gym with me today. We both wanted to do plyometrics and knew we’d need the moral support to get through it ;)
We started with 15 minutes on the elliptical to warm-up. The recommended warm-up time is only 3-5 minutes to get oxygen to your muscles. If you don’t warm-up, you demand too much of your body too quickly and you will tire out sooner. Obviously, my usual 15 minutes is above and beyond my muscular needs, but it’s just long enough to get my heart rate into a working zone. Personally, once it reaches that level through straight-up cardio, I can keep it pretty elevated during strength training. However, it doesn’t get that high with strength training alone. I just don’t have the muscular power yet to make my heart pump that much. Make sense? There’s a method to my madness!
Today’s workout had one upper-body move alternated with one plyometric move. It was brutal.
|Two arm dumbbell row||3||12||20 lbs each|
|Lunge kicks||3||30 sec each||bodyweight|
|Prone cuban snatch (on ball)||3||10||5 lbs each|
|Weighted jumping jacks||3||60 sec||5 lbs each|
|Plank on bosu ball||3||45 sec||bodyweight|
|Bosu ball russian twist||3||30||8 lbs|
|Cable pushdown||2||15||45 lbs|
|Cable curl||2||15||25 lbs|
And then we collapsed into a sweaty mess :P No, it was an awesome workout and I’m glad I had my mommy to suffer through the squat jumps with me!
I came home with images of meltycheesy pitas dancing in my head.
Pepperoni + cheddar. Halfway through I remembered I forgot to put the mayo on and didn’t even miss it! Just goes to show that condiments aren’t always required.
Chocolate however is always a necessity.
My mom and Nana are going to Newfoundland the day after I leave for Banff, so my mother gave me permission to polish off this box.
I only just noticed today that it says “Newfoundland Wild Berries” on the box – no wonder they all had a hint of fruit!
Apparently each box is different. I have no clue what kind this was or what kind of berry was in it. But I can tell you it was delicious ;)
I spent aaallll afternoon applying for jobs and getting life details sorted out. I found out yesterday that my subtenant in my old place isn’t moving in after all. She had some sort of falling out with my landlord, but still agreed to pay the remainder of my lease. Jeeze louise, what a headache!
I took a break for a Honeybar Sweet & Salty bar. I lovelovelove this bar. It reminds me of those Nature Valley Sweet n’ Salty bars – but BETTER!
Ingredients: Peanuts, honey, peanut butter, almonds, almond butter, crisp brown rice, kosher salt. Nutritional info here!
I had a special dinner date today – I got to see one of my best friends!!
Meghan and I have been friends since the first grade and even lived together during part of our undergrad (oddly enough, one of my new TO roommies is named Megan too!) She’s living back at home doing fun things like working with monkeys and lemurs.
Meghan is also a fabulous cook. I arrived to a beautifully set table.
I want those placemats please.
Meg whipped up some General Tso’s chicken. I can’t remember all what was in the pan, but I recall garlic, ginger, soy sauce, chicken broth, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, and probably magical fairy dust because it was freakin’ good.
Paired with coconut lime rice.
And a salad dressed with Newman’s Own sesame ginger dressing.
SO delicious!! I miss living with Meghan!!! I miss our Lost nights and MSN-ing each other when we’re too lazy to get out of bed and speak face to face ;)
I was lucky enough to have a dining companion by the name of Simon.
Simon’s name is pronounced in a British accent ;) Meg also works at an animal shelter, and this is one face she couldn’t let go. I don’t blame her!!
Dessert was the perfect end to the perfect meal.
With chamomile tea. It made me sleepy :)
Check out Meghan’s Mom’s mug – Supernatural!!
The other bestie Erika got me hooked on this show and I squealed like a schoolgirl when I saw this.
I regret typing that. These are some things I should just not admit to on the internet.
Simon is not the only cute kitty face I came across tonight.
Meet Peter. His proper name pronunciation however is “Pedro.” Don’t forget to roll the R… Pedrrrroo.
Simon suffered brain damage from smoke inhalation in the house fire he was rescued from. He’s a little slow, but in the most endearing of ways :)
Gosh, I have turned into a crazy cat and dog lady. But I need to get my fill – I’ll be without pets soon :(
Question of the day: What’s your favourite kind of Chinese food? I don’t have a lot of experience in either traditional or North American Chinese food. All I know is that I genuinely love the taste of fortune cookies ;)