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Flashback Friday

Happy Flashback Friday!! I’m taking part in Janetha’s little thang this week where every Friday you show some old pics for giggles. My pictures aren’t that old, but still fun to look back on!

Here’s me and my sisters back in July 2005. Jealous they’re having fun at the cottage without me right now!


Looking tough on Chris’ Harley in June 2006. Don’t worry mom, I’ve never driven it, I can barely reach the handlebars!!

And for good measure, here’s a present photo of me. In my new glasses!!


You can’t really tell, but they’re a nice deep blue colour. My hair is still wet from the shower here. Blow dryer = frizzy disaster.


Even though I went to bed late last night, I was still up at 6:30 this morning. Ugh! Went for a small-ish breakfast to prep for my long run.

Maple cinnamon waffles with almond butter and peach raspberry jam. Oh you better believe I’m obsessed with PB&J now!

I spent too long fooling around on the internet though, and when I was ready to go a couple hours later, I was hungry again. So I had a few prunes.


Then I was off!! Seeing as I was sleep deprived and still had more physical activity in store for today, I took it easy. Except, I still ended up going pretty fast!

Duration: 1:05:03
Distance: 6.88 miles
Avg Pace: 9:26 min/mi

It was pretty cool out this morning, very fall-like. My heart rate was lower than usual, not sure if it’s related to the temp. But I felt really relaxed the whole time and not like I was huffing and puffing like some of my more recent runs. I did intervals again of 9 minutes running followed by 1 minute walking. Oh, and yes, this is a new distance record for me… again ;)

Came home and rolled the eff out of my calves because they’ve been screaming at me lately (no idea why, my body is an enigma). Then made a lovely smoothie.


  • 1 box One Coconut Water
  • 2 scoops Vega Smoothie Infusion
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen papaya chunks

Glug glug glug


Gotta have a sweaty, unshowered pic in here too ;) Wearing my triathlon shirt!!

Lunch consisted of some more odds and ends from my kitchen.


Chickpea pizza!

  • 1 pita pocket
  • 1/8 cup cottage cheese
  • spinach
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas (maybe more)
  • garlic, dried oregano, ground cumin, pepper
  • mozzarella


This was majorly YUM. Pretty sure you can put anything on pita bread, melt cheese on it, and it will be awesome :P

After lunch, I called my landlady to check if buddy was going to be out of my new place by tomorrow, when my mover’s come. She said she still didn’t know. So I got his number from her and just called him myself.

Turns out he’s in Nova Scotia this weekend, and won’t be back until late Sunday. Problem is, I can’t re-book the movers for Sunday. And I have to be out of my current apartment Sunday at midnight.

My new landlord says we can store my stuff in the empty apartment next door until buddy moves out. But it’s looking like he won’t be out of there until Monday.

So, I have movers taking my crap Saturday, moving it to this apartment next door until Monday, at which point I have to move it all into my new place when buddy finally vacates.

I called my mother, hysterical, because I had no one to help me move my big items on Monday, nor do I have a place to stay Sunday night. Thankfully, my mommy was able to help me sort things out. She will pay for a hotel room Sunday night. Saturday night, I will just have to sleep on the floor of my current apartment, which will be completely empty by then. Then, she and my sister are coming to visit on Monday to help me do the final move, and Chris will be back from work that same night.

Holy crap. Kudos to you if you could keep up with all of that. Honestly, I think what frustrates me the most about this whole situation is that my new landlady just does not get it. English isn’t her first language, so maybe something is getting lost in translation, but she doesn’t really think it’s a big deal. I also have to work at 5 am both Saturday and Sunday, so I am going to be seriously sleep deprived going through all of this. As if I want to sleep on the floor of my empty apartment, only to get up at 4 in the morning to work. So, so not cool.

Anyways, that’s my rant. I’m puffy eyed again. But at least I never lose my appetite…


Another strange combo. Soft fried eggs on toast with 1/4 of a butternut squash dressed in Earth Balance spread, brown sugar and cinnamon. Surprisingly, the sweet squash went really well with the toast!


That’s all for today, I still have toooons to do to get ready for the movers. I’m praying work is slow tomorrow, and that I at least get some sleep tonight. Three more days…

Question of the day: What are some of the strangest food combos you’ve ever had??

I still think candied sweet potatoes are super weird. Marshmallows belong in my cocoa, not my vegetables! :P

Been caught starving

Don’t judge please…


I just love waffles!!

They make for a great quick breakfast when I’m crunched for time after an a.m. workout. I had a stellar workout this morning too. Took it easy since I biked less than 12 hours prior. I seriously love working out in the mornings now. Almost as much as I love my morning coffee!!

Duration: 57 minutes
Avg HR: 138
Max HR: 169

5 minutes easy warm-up on the elliptical
15 minutes “MIIT” on the elliptical
15 minutes on the rowing machine (I’ve started switching between overhand and underhand grip when doing this. Love it!)

alternating sets of reverse lunge with forward reach and tricep dips
alternating sets of horizontal woodchop and back extension
One two minute plank (hells yes! my goal is 3 minutes)

Then I came home to this beauty.


Two Nature’s Path maple cinnamon waffles, almond butter, plain yogurt, strawberries.

Usually before my morning workouts, I have half a french press of iced coffee, then drink the remaining half when I get home. But today I also wanted a protein shake. Thus, a mocha protein shake!


  • 1 1/2 cups cold brewed coffee
  • splash almond milk
  • 1/2 scoop chocolate whey powder
  • 6 ice cubes

Next time I’ll only use 4 ice cubes, otherwise this was mega tasty. Perfect balance of coffee and chocolate flavour.


I get a big ole’ FAIL for my work eats today. Breakfast was eaten at 8 am. I had to be in court all morning, then cover a noon-hour committee meeting. Since I figured I’d be heading back to the office after the lunch meeting, I left some fake-sagna leftovers that I could heat up when I returned.

Except, as always, court ran late. I had a new bar around 10 am. I was excited to find these at the Bulk Barn, even though they were $0.25 short of costing me my first born.


Apparently these are Canadian, I’ve been looking for them ever since our gal K reviewed them.


Cinnamon is one of my all-time fave flavours, so I was excited to try this! My thoughts were very similar to K’s. It’s a pretty big bar. Loved the crispy/chewy texture. Cinnamon flavour was great, raisins were negligible. Would have been great with a little more raisins or nuts, but I guess keeping them out is how they keep the calories low. Oh, and can we talk about the protein? All from “soy crisps”!

I had this bar with a cheestring and it kept me feeling full for an hour. Court adjourned for lunch at 11:45 am, and I found out I had to be back there for 1 pm, with my committee meeting squeezed in-between. Thinking the proceeding would wrap up quickly when we returned, I opted to keep my growling belly at bay with a snack. So I walked to a small grocery store and picked up some baby carrots.


Besides the fact that baby carrots hurt my jaw and are more prone to giving me tummy pain (most raw veggies do) I got some love from Mr. Bunny Luv. About half the bag to be exact.

Then it was off to my meeting, which lasted till 1pm. I rushed back to the courthouse (with a few more carrots in-between) and proceeded to sit there until 3 pm. Gah!!! I was beyond hungry, I was weak and discombobulated. It was so bad that I let an army guy waiting to dispute a traffic ticket blatantly hit on me. I never do that. I was too weak to blow him off! Arrggdjfefjbeun…

Aaanyways, I got back to the office at 3:30 and my co-worker was kind enough to let me cram down my leftovers before writing my story. This is why I carry giant pitas around in my purse like a crazy lady. Working as a reporter, you never know where you’re going to be or for how long. And for me, I can only eat so many snacks until I need a meal, ya know?

After my uber late lunch, supper was sad, again.


Veggie salami and cheddar cheese sandwich eaten in bed while catching up on all the food you guys were eating while I was starving…

What was supposed to be my afternoon snack…


Bag o’ yellow plums. I have no idea what an appropriate serving size is of these little guys. They’re maybe half the size of the plums I usually eat? Wait. I think I just answered my own question.


And with that, I want to ask you: What do you do when you’re out and about and starving? Do you pick up a snack and wait till you can get to a decent meal? Or do you grab a quick meal somewhere close by?

It should be said that the noon-hour committee meetings are catered. Don’t be fooled by the fancy “catered” word. Today’s lunch was goopy mayo sandwiches and potato chips. Full-fat mayo is on my list of “no-go” foods. Had I eaten it, I would have likely been doubled over in pain.

Now I’m off to do some chores, catch up on blogs and hit the hay extra early. Tomorrow’s long run day!! :D