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Sweet and Savoury

Aaaaand I’m back! ;) Contrary to popular belief, healthy living bloggers are not super-human. That includes ditching my nightly rambles for SLEEP. And to pack a day’s worth of food and a gym bag (which, bytheway, takes close to 30 minutes each night).

You didn’t miss much yesterday, except for possibly the best turkey burger I’ve ever had at a place called Relish. However, I’m not upset this went un-photo-documented. Just gives me an excuse to go back!

I did take a picture of a pretty tasty bar yesterday…

I had a Nature’s Path Optimum peanut butter bar with a couple boiled eggs for breakfast.

Nutrition info is here. Paired with the eggs, it made for another filling and “balanced” breakfast. I haven’t been overly impressed with these Optimum bars in the past, but this flavour was really good. Would definitely buy it again :)

Okay, now on to present day! Fun fact: I went to the gym before work Monday to Friday this week. I usually take a day off, or do a DVD somewhere in there. But since I’m out of town doing personal training classes all weekend, I wanted to get my harder workouts out of the way. I usually like to take a rest day every three days, so my body is definitely feeling tired today! Getting close to 8 hours of sleep every night helps though ;)

Warm-up: 20 minutes on the treadmill. I don’t feel like typing it out. I started slow, then got fast, then got slower, then got faster. Intervals.


Exercise Weight Reps Sets
Front squat push-press  30 lbs 10 3
Good morning 50 lbs 10 3
Barbell squat  50 lbs 10 3
Barbell bent-over row  40 lbs 10 3
Incline push-up bodyweight 10 3
Assisted pull-up  75 lbs 10 3
Dumbbell bench press  20 lb dumbbells 10 3
Dumbbell lunge 15 lbs each hand 10 each leg 3
Dumbbell shoulder press  15 lb dumbbells 10 3
Barbell preacher curl 20-30 lbs 10 3
Dumbbell tricep extension 15 lbs 10 3
Plank  bodyweight 1 min 2
Hamstring curl on ball bodyweight 10 2
Prone jackknife  bodyweight 10 2

As you can probably tell, it was a full-body weight lifting day. My “DOMS” is not so “delayed” today – I can already feel my hamstrings!

I had a full morning of meetings at work today, so I chowed down before taking off.

Nothing new here – cottage cheese, maple extract, cashew butter, frozen berries, Grape Nuts.  The cleaning lady nearly gagged when she saw me eating cottage cheese for breakfast. Don’t knock it till you try it!

I had the most delicious sandwich waiting for me after emerging from the conference room.

Maple smoked salmon, laughing cow cheese and blueberry jam. The maple flavour in the salmon is really strong, and it was awesome with the jam. I’m having fun with all these sweet/savoury pairings!

Polished off with probably my favourite apple of all time.

The aptly named red delicious.

Remember Fatty February? Well it’s still in full swing!

Having just two hardboiled eggs every day has helped with increasing my fat a lot, plus, they’re mega filling. The full-fat cheese doesn’t hurt either ;)

I recreated my nut-butter chicken for dinner tonight.


Except tonight, I stuffed it with bacon peanut butter.


Sosososo good. Kind of another sweet/savoury combo. I love how salty the bacon makes the peanut butter!

Dessert was a vitamin.

Well, technically a mineral. I can’t do horse pills, but I also wanted something a little better than the aspartame tablets I got last time.

I’m okay with it because they’re so small.

And not that bad tasting either! For those of you who’ve recommended online stores in my quest for my vitamins, thank you! However, I have a strict no buying food products online rule. This is mostly because shipping to Canada is bananas. I spend enough on food that I don’t want to get into the habit of spending even more online. Plus, I’m old-fashioned. I like to be able to touch something before I purchase it.

Also bought:


This has helped my eczema in the past, so I’m praying for a miracle. My skin has gotten much worse over the last few weeks, including new red spots on my legs, eczema on my arms, and what looks like hives. This on top of daily baby oil, shea butter, calamine lotion and anti-histamines. I know, I need to go to a doctor. I need like a magical fairy god-doctor or something. I love that I can go to the doctor for free. I don’t love that I can’t make an appointment with one because there are so few of them around here.

Anyways, this weekend is my second and last weekend of personal trainer classes. I’m commuting about an hour to another city on Saturday and Sunday for them. I believe this weekend will include fitness testing and more mock training including creating our own training plans. Not gonna lie, I’m frightened! I need to find some training confidence stat. It would be so much easier if I could practice on non-experts instead of my fellow trainers!!


Well, that should be enough to make up for two days of random rambles. I will be back tomorrow, maybe with my fitness test results. Wish me luck!!


Question of the day: What’s your favourite sweet/savoury combo? I think turkey and cranberry sauce are made to be together. Apples and cheese are another good one!


A savoury morning

Hiya! Hope y’all are having a good day so far :) I had a stellar sunrise run this morning. I was scared it was going to rain, but it turned out sunny!

Duration: 27:40
Distance: 5 km
Avg Pace: 8:54 min/mi
Avg HR: 168 (85%)
Max HR: 181 (92%)

I was pushing myself again! My first kilometre was at about a 10:00 pace, and then I think I slowly got faster and faster. I was huffing and puffing towards the end. But I just kept telling myself that if I push it now, then next time it will be easier. Right…?

For breakfast, I made something I’ve been meaning to make forever. Seriously. Over a year now, at least.


Savoury oats! Jenna’s recent post reminded me that I still haven’t tried this concoction. It’s half cup rolled oats cooked with one cup water, salt and a little Earth Balance. I topped it with two soft-cooked eggs, swiss cheese (all I have) and hot salsa.


It was SO good!! I urge you to try this if you haven’t yet! The runny yolk tasted amazing with the soft, warm oats. I wish I had some ham or smoked salmon to add to it, but I’m in desperate need of groceries. Next time I guess, because I’ll definitely be doing this again! :)


Have you guys heard that Jillian Michaels has come out with her own line of supplements? I gotta say, I was pretty surprised by this. I’ve followed her podcasts, articles, and interviews, and I always liked her because it seemed like she promoted  losing weight the “natural way.”

I’m not saying her supplements are unnatural, but I think it’s a little strange for her to put her name on pills called “Maximum Strength Calorie Control” and “Maximum Strength Fat Burner.” These supplements are advertised as appetite suppressants and pills that decrease body fat. I never saw her as one to promote the use of magic pills to lose weight. I always appreciated her “eat right and exercise” message.

I can understand why she did it. I mean, she’s an entrepreneur with money to make. I just think it sends a mixed message. There are a lot of people out there who look up to Jillian Michaels, and will spend money on this product when they perhaps don’t need to.

What are your thoughts? Have you ever taken supplements before? I guess it’s pretty obvious I never have. Even though many weight loss supplements are in fact natural, I could just never believe that something smaller than my thumbnail could suppress my appetite. The only thing that does that is food! :P