So. I had an 8:30 client today. I like to leave my house an hour early to make time for inevitable streetcar and subway delays. I set my alarm for 6:30am. It goes off, I hop out of bed, wash, dress, groan about how dark it is in the mornings now.
I go to put on a pot of coffee and notice the clock says 5:27am. I whip my head around to look at the stove – the numbers 5:27 glow back at me. Finally, I run to my computer, which is always right on time. 5:27. W.T.F.
Suddenly, a fuzzy memory returns. It’s somewhere around 1:30am and I’m fumbling around with my alarm clock next to my bed. Why I am doing this, I have no idea. Nor do I know what I did to my clock in the very wee hours of the morning. I try to go back upstairs to get back that 90 minutes of sleep I just lost But my mind and body are awake. I am angry at my subconscious self and already dreading the long day I have ahead of me. What is a girl to do?
Using the same whole wheat protein waffle recipe as yesterday.
flapjacks flat waffles cooked in the pan, I finally got to that pot of coffee. I decided I might as well enjoy these quiet, dark hours before my busy day began.
For dipping, I mixed up 3 tbsp sugar-free syrup 1 tbsp peanut butter, 1 tbsp marshmallow fluff.
That’s right, fluffernutter pancakes ;)
Suddenly, my day didn’t seem like it was off to such a bad start. As for that alarm clock, it’s being moved far, far away from my bed. I have a feeling my sub conscience will be too lazy to get out of bed to make any future changes to my wake-up time ;)
September Goal Check-In
Has it really been a week since our last goals check-in? Wasn’t it just Labour day? Am I in a sci fi movie??
1. Get organized. I would be getting at this famously if I stopped accumulating extra projects!! :P Finally got my personal training schedule sorted out to allow for part-time shifts at the running store. I’ve started working on my laptop during my down-time between clients. I stress “work” and not “reading blogs.” This way I’m getting better at not falling behind my e-mails and commitments!
2. Professional development. My Nutrition & Wellness course has been postponed!! Gah!! I was supposed to take it next weekend and now I have to wait until November. The same thing happened with Can-Fit-Pro when I was trying to do my personal training course. Must keep telling myself these things happen for a reason…
3. Turn on the oven. I made Shepherd’s pie this week! I meant to make bread but I never got around to it. I’m still giving this one a check.
4. Love my workouts. I have honestly been loving my new weightlifting split. Weightlifting is my favourite form of exercise and doing it four times a week opposed to twice a week like before just makes more sense for me! I had a glorious outdoor run on Saturday and made it to a relaxing Hatha Yoga class at Lululemon on Sunday. Did I mention the instructor was cute? It helps.
Question of the Day: How did you make out on your goals this past week? Any new ones?
Bonus Question: Got any funny sleep stories? Have you ever sleep-walked? I’m typically a deep sleeper. Nothing wakes me up and if it does I don’t remember it by morning!
Reason #592 why I love blogger friends.
Because even when I can’t have lunch with some of them, we can still share food :)
A ginormous THANK YOU to Lori who thought of me after making homemade buckwheat honey marshmallow fluff. She immediately popped a jar in the mail to spread the fluff love.
If you know anything about me, you know that I immediately popped the lid off and scooped it out with my finger.
Ohmygoooood SO good! I love the honey flavour in the fluff. I must try making this now that I’m finally all settled in a kitchen!
As a bonus, she included a jar of homemade pear cranberry jam. I’m not going to beat around the bush here. This jam is uh-mazing. Love the combo of these two fruits, juuuust sweet enough, and the chunky texture is fabulous.
Lori, that coffee shop we’re opening can’t come soon enough! ;)
I picked up the goods last Thursday night and had to try them all on my oatmeal Friday morning. A trifecta!
And because I neeeeed nut butter on my oatmeal – almond butter.
The pear cranberry jam made a reappearance for breakfast this morning.
Made protein pancakes by mixing:
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup unflavoured soy protein powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 stevia packet
- cinnamon, lots of it
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup egg whites
- 1/2 cup almond milk
I thinned out a tablespoon of almond butter with almond milk to get more out of it.
PB&J pancakes on a Monday morning?? I’ll take it! ;)
My mid-morning snack had been waiting patiently for me in the cupboard since yesterday.
I heated it up in the microwave first before unravelling to the gooey centre.
That right there is one of the greatest pleasures in life. Hands down.
Fret not, I haven’t just been eating sweet things.
On Friday, I “healthified” a meal I used to love – beans and wieners. Oddly, this is not a dish I grew up eating like most people, but introduced to me by a boyfriend when I was 18. Same boy who introduced me to fluffernutter sandwiches as well. His childhood was apparently a lot tastier than mine.
For this, I mixed together:
- 1 can soy beans in a tomato sauce
- 3 veggie hot dogs
- 1 spaghetti squash
- 1/4 onion, carmelized with a clove of garlic
- few handfuls spinach, cooked
- 1 small tomato, chopped
- 1/2 can herbed tomato paste
- 2 tbsp ketchup
I ate it plain on Friday, then re-heated on top of spinach with cheddar cheese tonight. Such comfort food!
Finally, I want to talk a little bit about my own personal exercise schedule. I’ve gotten so much into the habit of talking about exercise for other people that I forget some people like to hear what I am doing myself!
As mentioned in this post, I took a little break from exercise. This is something I do quite often. Every three months or so I take several consecutive days off all intense activity such as weight lifting, running, spinning, etc. It’s a welcome physical break for my body, which gets put through quite the beating with my workouts everyday. But it’s an even better break for my mind. Working out all the time can really drain you mentally.
This summer has obviously been a little hard on my workout schedule what with moving, getting a job in a gym, then giving up my old gym membership. Even worse is that I like to rely on the outdoors in the summer months for my exercise. But I only do it when it’s enjoyable – and running in the heat is not enjoyable. We’re on track for being the hottest summer on record here. I have been without a working bike since the spring. I eventually got bored of my same ole’ gym routine snuck in between clients. I burned out.
After 5 days of complete rest, I hopped on the elliptical last Friday for 50 minutes. Nothing too hard, but I still found it exhausting. I took Saturday off again, then did some yoga and a lot of walking yesterday.
I’m happy to report that I’m finally feeling recharged and enthusiastic about starting a new chapter of fitness for myself. After perhaps too much thought, I’ve decided to start a split weight lifting routine. The only split I’ve ever done before is upper/lower body. My new split will have me working these muscle groups on separate days:
I’ll be throwing a lot of cardio intervals into the mix, with a few fitness classes, yoga classes and hopefully running outdoors again if the heat ever stops. This is just my “starter split” and I expect to be experimenting a lot more as time goes on :)
Also – I’m leaving my heart rate monitor at home on lifting days. Of all the exercises in the world, I love weight lifting the most. I’m seeing this as just staying at the gym to do an activity I love. No pressure of burning calories.
I won’t be posting every single one of my workouts in the main blog posts anymore because it’s just too time consuming for me. But I am going to work harder at constantly and consistently updating my fitness page with workouts y’all can try out for yourself :) I’ll also get better about including workout tidbits and new moves I learn in the regular posts because I am learning SO MUCH now as a working personal trainer.
So thurrr ya go!
Questions of the Day:
1. Weight lifting or cardio? I find most people are either or. I’m sure it says something about you!
2. Favourite kind of jam? Mine is blueberry! Or plain strawberry. Nothing with crunchy seeds please.