Whyyyy is the weekend over already?? It went by so quickly! I only have two weeks left at my job. Then I’m on my own till I head to Toronto! I actually plan on moving back home for a few weeks before heading to TO for June 1st. And yes anyone living in the area – there will be tons of bloggie meet-ups in our future!
But there I am getting ahead of myself again. It’s Sunday. The end of Sunday. Sigh.
My body didn’t get the memo about it being the weekend again.
Was up in the 6 o’clock hour again and stumbled to my stovetop right away to get started on a batch of cream of wheat.
I was sooo not feeling the gym today, I just wanted to lay in bed reading all morning. But I forced myself out to a step class. As a little background, I usually go to step at the small women’s-only location. It’s the only time I ever go to that gym, but I just got into the habit of going there any time I went to step. It’s a small class of 25 women or so and pretty tight-knit.
Well, today I went to my usual, much larger, co-ed gym. There were at least 50 women packed into the class and two instructors I’d never had before. I was a little nervous, because step is one of those things that you need to get into a groove with. I didn’t want this new environment throwing me off my game!
Well, can I just say, it was the best step class I’ve ever been to. Ever. For a person who hates being in crowded environments, I love being in jam-packed exercise classes. I think it’s because I can blend in a little more. Plus, I feed off the energy of others, and today’s class was flying!
The instructors were hilarious and entertaining. I pushed hard because I was having a great time – my HR maxing out at 174 bpm, which only ever happens when I run! Between step today and kickboxing yesterday, it’s been a fun weekend of exercise for me :)
Like I usually do after hard workouts, I was craving eggs.
All together now!
Showed my apartment again – I may have found a subletter! Maybe. She’s signing a sublet agreement tomorrow. But I won’t believe it until she actually moves in.
After grocery shopping, I realized that I had three cartons of egg whites in my fridge. Whoops. It’s one of those things I automatically buy every week. Apparently, I didn’t eat much last week.
So, a girl at work is celebrating her birthday tomorrow, and it’s Treat Monday. Clearly, this called for something extra amazing!!!
Word on the street is that Janetha’s fruit pizza is the bestest, and I’ve been drooling over it forever. It calls for two rolls of premade cookie dough rolled out onto a baking sheet and baked. Then topped with a mix of whipped cream cheese/condensed milk/vanilla extract and fresh fruit.
Except! My grocery store only had chocolate chip cookie dough! I panicked, and bought cinnamon rolls.
So I squished up all the dough and rolled it out with a water glass because I don’t own a rolling pin.
I bought a container of fruit salad for the toppings. It’s got pineapple in it though, so I may not be able to partake tomorrow as I’m allergic (even to the juices). But I did by a melon salad, and tried a little pineapple-free piece tonight.
I gotta test the goods!! It was deeelicious. The “sauce” is the best part. Maybe next time I’ll just make my own cookie dough or something ;)
Dinner was another blogger inspired recipe. This time from Leah! I wanted leftovers for the week, and she’s my go-to gal for those ;)
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided1/2 a giant sweet onion, chopped
1 cup finely chopped red onion
1 cup finely chopped small bulb of fennelStill can’t find it in my grocery store!
2 cups water
½ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes,
preferably fire-roasted, undrained
1 pound salmon fillets, skin removed, cut into 1-inch chunks
¼ cup tightly packed chopped fresh1 Tbls dried dill
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Zest of 1 small lemon
- Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a heavy, 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and fennel and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 3-5 minutes. Add water and salt and bring to a boil. Stir in quinoa. Cover and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.
- Stir in tomatoes (with liquid). Return to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and boil gently over medium heat until quinoa is translucent and tender, 6-8 minutes.
- Stir in salmon. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat until salmon turns opaque and is cooked through, about 1 minute. (Check and cook an additional minute if needed.) Turn off heat. Stir in dill, lemon juice, and zest, plus remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add salt to taste, if needed.
I served it on top of some steamed green beans and broccoli. I’ve actually made this once before and loved it. Definitely deserved a make-again! It’s really quick and easy too. 20 minutes, minimal chopping, and all you have to do is throw a few things in a pot.
Oh, and look at who I ran into while waiting in line at the grocery store today!!
Lori!!!! Eeeeee!!!! So. Freakin. Exciting. She’s featured as one of the real-life weight loss stories in May’s Shape magazine. She looks fabbity fab in the photo too. Stellar wardrobe choice Lori! I love that you’re picking up a big-girl’s dumbbell in the shot too ;)
Oh, and remember this shot of Archie I shared yesterday?
Well, I didn’t share the one of him winking at the camera.
Sorry ladies, he plays for the other team, if you catch my drift *wink*
And for the record, my mom is never getting him back :P
Questing of the Day: What blogger-inspired foods have you been eating lately?
5:30 am – Alarm goes off. I once again frantically leap out of bed, wondering where I am, what day it is, and why on earth such noise is blaring before the sun is up.
5:43 am – Guzzle back an iced coffee, wishing I hadn’t run out of both stevia and almond milk. Black iced coffee is not that great. No-grocery week is rough.
6:00 am – Smile at all the regulars. The chick who runs on the treadmill with an army backpack, the grunting man on the elliptical, and even the creepy bald guy who only speaks to women under the age of 25.
6:10 am – Decide to change my usual warm-up interval routine by not only pyramid-ing the resistance level, but the recovery time between the usual 1-minute sprints. It’s awesome. And sweaty.
6:30 am – I think step-ups are harder on my hands than on my legs. Holding 25 lbs dumbbells is not easy.
6:34 am – Why is this called an arnold press? Did Arnold himself invent it? I wonder what the Susan Press would be? A badly written press release?
6:44 am – Plié squats are awkward to do in front of the mirror when you’re surrounded by men. Just sayin’
7:12 am – NINE PUSH UPS!! ON MY TOES!!! BOO TO THE YAAAAA.
7:38 am – My new skincare regimen makes me feel like a weirdo when I slather baby oil on in the gym change room. I swear I’m not a stripper.
8:11 am: Cottage cheese is thisclose to overtaking yogurt as my favourite dairy.
8:14 am – See 5:45 am
8:17 am – Goofy grin as I eat breakfast at my desk and read through all the blog comments from last night :D
830 am-1030 am – work, twitter, work, twitter, work, gmail, facebook, google reader, work, twitter
10:31 am – SNACK
12:03pm – Lunch with the girls. I eat my protein powder + peanut butter sandwich with applesauce and cheese. We talk about boy drama. Boys are dumb.
1:07 pm – Someone else calls about the apartment. Feeling hopeful I may actually find a subletter for the rest of my lease so I can move to Toronto. Double score!
2:12 pm – I think I’m hungry, and I know ‘I’m bored. Snack!
2:22 pm – Feel the need to create a Deb phone comparison shot. That’s 130 calories of pure chocolate covered air. Actually, that’s not even chocolate. It’s a dates with cocoa powder!
3:14 pm – Send off a whack of completed assignments. Feels good :)
3:51 pm – Stomach growling. Shit.
4:27 pm – Boot it outta there to rush home and make food ASAP. Hungrybitchface is setting in.
4:47 pm – Person scheduled to view my apartment wants to come early. Fabulous. I can gnaw my arm off while showing her my messy closet.
5:14 pm – Um, selling a person on the fact that the bedroom is in the living room is hard. It’s called a “swinging bachelorette pad!” Helloooo!
5:31 – Finally, supper is simmering on the stove thanks to this guy:
5:44 pm – Sit down to a bowl of Wolfgang Puck’s Hearty Vegetable soup with quinoa, shrimp and broccoli cooked in.
5:58 pm – Munch on a piece of dark chocolate that always sneaks the camera’s eye. A must-have after dinner! (and sometimes lunch. And breakfast)
6:42 pm – Get sucked into watching old indie rock videos from the 1990s on You Tube. Reminisce about how great music used to be and wonder what ever happed to The Wedge on Much Music.
7:14 pm – Rock out to this gem of a video. Written about my hometown :)
7:22 pm – Shit. I’m late. Again.
7:46 pm – Meet up with the gals from work to see an original play put on by the university I work for.
8:22 pm – They’re cooking. On stage. Not just anything, but ham & eggs! I want a breakfast sandwich like nobody’s business.
9:02 pm – Almost moved to tears. Who knew my school had such theatre talent??
9:48 pm – Tuck in to the same thing I eat every. single. night. now. Chocolate protein pudding with chocolate chips and sprinkles. There is no secret to this pudding. Just tasty whey powder with water added until it’s thick and sticky.
10:10 pm – Blog this exact sentence. Whoa. Mind blowing.
10:20 pm – Get my clothes and lunch ready for tomorrow, set out my cycling shorts for spin class.
10:32 pm – Put on my new shea butter, take my antihistamines, and hit the hay. Ready for a deep sleep so I can start the whole process over again!
Question of the Day: What was the highlight of your Thursday? Mine was the play! Doing toe push ups comes in at a close second though ;)