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Hello blog friends! I am currently blogging from my mother’s living room. It’s fabulous. This guy is currently curled up next to me keeping my feet warm.


Hi Archie!! What my mother doesn’t know is that I’m packing him up in the Focus and bringing him back with me tomorrow ;)

Would you believe it if I told you I got another 8 hours sleep last night? I know! Three nights in a row. That’s a record. I was awake after my usual 6 hours, but was actually able to fall back asleep when I tried to this time. Led to oversleeping, but I’ll take it! :D

I wanted to hit the road before noon, so I went to the gym right away. Turned into a pretty good workout!

5 minutes on the elliptical

on elliptical:
0:00-1:00 – sprint @ level 16
1:00-3:00 – recovery @ level 14
3:00-4:00 – sprint @ level 18
4:00-6:00 – recovery @ level 16
6:00-7:00 – sprint @ level 20
7:00-9:00 – recovery @ level 16
9:00-10:00 – sprint @ level 18
10:00-12:00 – recovery @ level 14
12:00-13:00 – sprint @ level 16
13:00-15:00 – recovery @ level 12

3 sets front squat push press – 10 reps @ 30 lbs
3 sets Romanian deadlift to row – 10 reps @ 40 lbs
3 sets lunge w/ forward reach – 10 reps @ 10 lbs each hand
3 sets YTWL – 5 reps each letter @ 5 lbs each hand

on treadmill:
0:00-1:00 – 3.0 mph
1:00-3:00 – 3.5 mph
3:00-4:00 – 8.0 mph
4:00-6:00 – 3.5 mph
6:00-7:00 – 8.5 mph
7:00-9:00 – 3.5 mph
9:00-10:00 – 9.0 mph
10:00-12:00 – 3.5 mph
12:00-13:00 – 9.5 mph
13:00-15:00 – 3.5 mph

5 minutes stretching

Phew! I was going to tack on abs at the end, but this took me exactly one hour so I decided to call it a day.

Rushed back home and filled my hungry belly with a big bowl of savoury.


Savoury oats! I was reeeally craving a bowl.

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup water
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp Earth Balance
  • 1 breakfast sausage,sliced and stirred into oats
  • 1 fried egg
  • lotsa saaaahlsa


Runny eggs are a thing of beauty, right Sophia? ;)


I know I harass you guys about this every time, but you really gotta try savoury oats if you haven’t yet!! The protein, fat, and fibre in this dish always holds me over forever. Close to five hours today, which is almost unheard of for me!

My 90-minute drive home was rather boring. I arrived home and my mother popped this wonderful taco dip in the oven for me.


It’s a mix of lean ground beef, black beans, kidney beans, homemade salsa and cheese.

While it was heating I prepared this:


Which then turned into this:


Hm. Looks gross there, but I know you’ll trust me when I say it was delicious ;)

Then I went searching for the Halloween stash. I knew it was somewhere! Found it hiding in the pantry closet.


I went for the Reese’s pieces and savoured every little piece.


I also arrived home to a house that smelled of turkey! My mom had one roasting in the oven all morning, and we were treated to it this evening.


My mom forgot the cranberry sauce, so I put some plum sauce on it instead. We also had stir-fried veggies in a gravy made with soy sauce and mustard. It was delicious!!! And then I swiped a few french fries that were made for the kids.

And I maaaay have attacked the candy stash again for dessert.


I like these little chocolate balls because I suck on them until they melt in my mouth. I actually suck on Reese’s pieces the same way too. Makes them last longer!


Now I’m just tucked in with my mom, Mark (her boyfriend, although that term is a little silly applied to their situation. Life partner? Common-law?) and the doggies. I’m just happy to be home and in their company. Tomorrow my mom and I are going to the gym together, then meeting my dad for lunch, visiting my Nana and then Costco!! Woot! See ya after!


Question of the day: What dishes does your mom always make? My mom is famous for her vegetarian chili. She also makes a mean hummus and vegepate :)


Hey friends! Well, today was less apple-filled, but “Apple Watch ‘09” continues. Ellie’s concerns of my turning into an apple may in fact be legitimate! :P

Before getting to my lovely breakfast, I was up at 5:30am to make it to a spin class before work. As always, it was awesome! Chugging a glass of iced coffee beforehand makes all the difference for me. Today we had a different instructor. An older guy who wasn’t quite as intense as the younger girls we usually have, but you could tell he was suuuuper nice. I pushed myself really hard just because he was so polite about it! :P

Okay, then I came home and re-heated the steel-cut oats I made before bed last night.


For a two serving batch I cooked:

  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • lots and lots of cinnamon
  • 1 chopped macoun apple

The directions said to let simmer for 30 minutes, but it didn’t feel like that long at all. I measured out half of it this morning (can’t trust my post-spin judgement! :P ) and topped it with almond butter and Fluff watered down a little for optimal drizzling.


This bowl was epic. I actually meant to put applesauce on top too, but I got too excited and forgot! Good thing I still have another bowl’s worth in the fridge ;)

I had a cah-raaazy busy day at work today. Covered a trial all day long, and spent what should have been my lunch break chasing after protesters in the woods. Pita was eaten in the news car.


Deli chicken and cottage cheese with all the veggies I could find in my fridge.

Carrots to round it out…


Yeah, haven’t been taking pictures of my week-day work eats because it’s still always the same thing – pitas with veggies or fruit. This isn’t a rut either, I just love it!

Ended up working super late and got started on a tofu quesadilla the second I walked through the door.


I crumbled the tofu up in a frying pan with some onion, red pepper and mushroom, dousing it in every spicy seasoning I have. Topped it with some quality jarred salsa (or, as quality as it gets anyways).


Because people like to say saaal-sah.

Now, you’re probably wondering why this post is called “Baconator” when I had tofu for supper. Well, the fabulous and adventurous Emily the Experimentarian sent me some bacon-flavoured goods she sampled on one of her Freaky Food Fridays. I love bacon. I love mints. Why not bacon mints!?


I like candy too!



It almost had the texture of raw bacon.


Thankfully, it was strawberry flavoured. I actually really liked this stuff! It’s no secret I have a soft spot for candy and corn syrup. Even when it’s shaped like raw meat :P


I especially appreciated this warning…


The mints however, were much more interesting. They were actually smoky smelling like bacon. I had to call in back-up for this one.


Chris was scared, but he wouldn’t admit it :P


He said “Ew. Minty ew. I already had bacon once today.”

I said, “Tastes like rubber tires.”


NO to bacon mints. YES to bacon-shaped strawberry flavoured gummy strips :P Thanks for the Monday night entertainment Emily!!!

Don’t forget! Tuesday is your last day to enter my giveaway! You’ve got till 5pm Eastern time (I figured most of you haven’t heard of Atlantic time, which by the way, is 6pm my time :) )

Question of the day: What’s your favourite candy? If we’re excluding chocolate here, my favourite is just plain ole’ suckers or Twizzlers.

Chris’ question of the day: Am I bacon you hungry?


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