Happy Boxing Day!!! For you American folk, boxing day is holiday here in Canada and many other parts of the world. Click on the link above to learn what it means, then come back and tell me, cause I still can’t figure it out! A day of recovery after Christmas dinner perhaps? :P
I slept for a glorious 8.5 hours last night – a rarity for me! A food coma for sure. I prepared a usual-sized breakfast for myself, ate part of it, and felt stuffed to the gills.
Smoked meat, swiss cheese, homemade relish, mustard on rye bread and some grapes that went uneaten. I had to wait a solid two hours after this before I could even think about going to the gym! So not like me!
Sister Sara wanted to join me for the workout. She’s a member of the YMCA, and my mom had a handy-dandy pass for me.
Did you know there’s special VIP change rooms at the YMCA? I didn’t!! It had a whirpool! Anyways, my sis said she wanted to do some upper body weights, so that’s what we did!
20 minutes on the elliptical w/ 10 min high intensity intervals
A1 – One-arm dumbbell snatch:
3 sets @ 20 lbs x 8
B1 – Romanian deadlift to bent-over row:
3 sets @ 55 lbs x 8
B2 – Dumbbell fly:
3 sets @ 15 lbs x 8
C1 – Assisted pull-ups:
3 sets @ 70 lbs x 8
C2 – Cable tricep pulldown:
3 sets @ 30 lbs x 8
Plank: 90 sec
Side plank: 30 sec each side
Swiss ball roll out: 12 reps
Prone jackknifes: 12 reps
15 minutes in treadmill, 2 min recovery, 1 minute sprints
T’was an awesome workout! I typically work out alone, so it was nice having a buddy :)
My hunger returned with a vengeance after the workout. Thankfully, there was leftover lasagna to be had.
Then it was off to my dad’s place!
They just got a new puppy – a boxer/bull mastiff mix. I was a little apprehensive, especially when we were greeted by this GIANT kennel in the entrance!
But the puppy is harmless. Ohmygoodness, the most docile and shy dog I’ve ever met. No beastly doggie to be found.
It was a wonderful afternoon hanging out with my dad and step-family #2. We noshed on many sweets, fruit, and maple smoked salmon.
And showed off all the gadgets we got for Christmas.
The cat meanwhile, snoozed behind the tree. Typical :P Oh, you guys may apreciate this: their cat’s names are Peanut Butter and Cashew ;)
Leftovers. Reheated Sweet Potato, Goat Cheese & Parmesan Galette, Brussel Sprouts, Bacon & Figs, Carrots & Turnip and then whole grain baguette that I ate with laughing cow cheese, turkey and Chunky Apple Cranberry Sauce. Um yeah. It was good.
Eaten with my two boys by my side…
Bah! I miss having pets around!
Then I cuddled up with the fam and watched movie about, you guessed it, food!
I liked it, it was cute :) I also randomly want to debone a duck now.
I gotta say, today I really noticed the difference exercise has on my appetite. I didn’t workout yesterday and basically ate a big breakfast and big supper and was completely satisfied the whole day (when I usually eat 5-6 times a day). When I woke up this morning, I couldn’t stomach my usual sized breakfast. After 90 minutes at the gym, it’s as if those big meals never happened. I got hangry!! And have been all day! Exercise also gets rid of that lingering grossness I have after big meals sometimes. Funny how that works. Another +1 for a solid sweat sesh in the morning! ;)
Question of the Day: What’s the number one reason why you workout? I’m addicted to endorphins. Some of it is vanity for me, but nothing beats the way I feel both during and after. It’s incomparable to anything else!
Merry Christmas!! I hope you all had a wonderful day :D I sure did – I got my baby!!
A Canon EOS Rebel XS. Lovelovelove. (ps that’s one of my craft projects in the back – a painted ceramic beer mug I gave to my sis!)
Goodbye old Kodak Easy Share. You were a trooper, but it was time to go…
It was a glorious Christmas morning around these parts. I was the first one up because of that faithful body clock of mine. Had an egg + ham + cheese sammie on ezekiel bread while brewing a ginormous pot of coffee to lure the sleepy heads out of bed.
My mom put together a gorgeous “Montreal” brunch for us. The star of the show was this GIANT hunk of smoked meat courtesy of Costco.
Served with rye bread, swiss cheese, mustard and relish.
Leftover meat pie and scrambled eggs (with cottage cheese – so good!)
And tea! Special Twinnings “Lady Grey” tea my sister picked up in England. It’s got bergamot with orange and is so good.
After brunch, my mom and I got started on the next feast. My mom’s bird ready to go in the oven…
I got started on Martha Stewart’s Chunky Apple Cranberry Sauce.
It turned out awesome!! It’s a little on the tart side and yummmm-y. I highly recommend you put this one on file!
Then it was on to my first ever homemade pie.
This was a Chef Michael Smith recipe (Yay At Home Chef in P.E.I.!) Whole Grain Crusted Pie with Maple Yogurt Topping.
My mom and I agreed the crust might me a little too much on the top as well, so I added some butter and honey and crumbled it on top instead. It was a solid decision on our part ;)
The galette was delicious, although, it could have used a little more time in the oven. Will make for good leftovers!
Cutest photo ever.
Okay, back to the food. My mom and I had all four burners going…
What’s that I spy in the frying pan? Brussel sprouts, Bacon & Figs a la Agharad.
Put bacon in anything and anyone will eat it ;)
Also featured is my mommy’s mashed potatoes, stuffing, carrots & turnip and gravy.
The requisite Christmas table photo!
Looking at this, I realize we didn’t do paper hats this year. Sorry Ellie!
Then the wine started flowing..
Which I didn’t partake in. I don’t like wine, but I’m also DD to take Nana home tonight.
My piece, with the maple yogurt topping.
I was scared the crust wasn’t going to work – but it was really good! It turned out quite soft. And the topping was deeelicious.
Now my family is talking about Glee :)
I’m with Archie…
Sister Sara and I are doing treadmill and weight lifting tomorrow. She tried to get me running in the snow, but I’m not hardcore enough. Instead, I’m putting her through one of my weight routines ;)
Loved hearing everyone’s favourite foods from yesterday! So many fun and interesting things. I polled my family, and here’s what their food highlights from today were..
Jane – Pie, smoked meat
Sara – Stuffing with cranberry sauce on top
Nana – The tea
Mom – Sweet potato galette
Me – Turkey with cranberry sauce
Mark is unavailable for comment. I think he’s passed out in his “man cave” :P
Hope you all had a wonderful, fun, relaxing and delicious holiday!!! xoxo
Question of the Day: Spill it. What did ya get for Christmas?? Besides my camera I got lots o’ cold hard cash ;)