Hellohello! How is everyone’s work week chugging along? Or are you like me and unemployed? ;) I do have a job interview lined up for when I get to Toronto in a couple weeks… but I’ll spill the beans on that when the time comes. Of course, I also have to drop off a few resumes at Lululemon. Livin’ the dreeeeam people!! ;)
I was sonothappy to be awake this morning. Ask my sister, I was a grump. Best way to cure a case of the grumps?
Chocolate. Cooked up a pot of rolled oats with soy protein powder, cocoa powder, stevia, banana and almond butter. Paired with a french press of coffee, the world suddenly becomes a better place :)
I got some interesting comments on my last post about my 20-minute meditation challenge, and my use of an alarm to signal when it’s time to come-to. I decided to set the alarm because I had a feeling that 5 minutes would pass, it would feel like 20, and then I’d start opening my eyes and obsessively checking the clock. I told Leah that maybe next week I’ll try just meditating with no time goal and seeing how it goes.
Well today, something interesting happened.
Instead of doing a body scan during my meditation, I instead focused on showing love towards various family members. You see, someone close in our family is going for a serious medical procedure, and there’s been a lot of stress, worry and sadness surrounding it. As I was sitting there, I began to feel very anxious and unsettled. My breath got shallow and I felt like I just needed out. I decided to screw the alarm, opened my eyes and grabbed the phone. The second I picked up the phone, the 20 minute alarm went off. Weird, eh?
Hopefully tomorrow I won’t get so anxious. I thought it was supposed to have the opposite effect!
I eventually made it to the gym for a full-body workout. My sister lives about 15-20 minutes walking from the gym. Since I ran yesterday, I just walked briskly for my warm-up, then went straight to the weight room at the gym.
|One arm dumbbell snatch||20 lbs||8-12||3||Quads, Glutes, Shoulders|
|Wide-grip lat pulldown||60 lbs||8-12||3||Back|
|Single leg squat||10 lbs||8-12||3||Glutes, Thighs|
|Dumbbell bench press||20 ea||8-12||3||Chest, Front shoulders|
|Single leg romanian deadlift||10 ea||8-12||3||Hamstrings, Glutes, Hips|
|Dumbbell upright row||12.5 ea||8-12||3||Top shoulder|
|Curtsy lunge||12.5 ea||8-12||3||Quads|
|Dumbbell one arm extension||10 lbs||8-12||3||Triceps|
|Twisting dumbbell curl||10 lbs||8-12||3||Biceps|
|Cable horizontal woodchop||25 lbs||8-12||3||Obliques|
|Cable crunch||85 lbs||8-12||3||Abs|
Colour coded!! Matching colours are alternating sets. I like to alternate upper body with lower body stuff so I can blast through it with little rest. Tis me! I can already tell you my triceps are going to be sore tomorrow…
Lunch featured another fabulous fridge find.
Contemporary Cuisine is a wholesale food company based out of Ottawa. I will tell you straight up – this stuff is fabulous. Wonderful flavour, but it’s all in the texture. It’s fluffy. How do they get hummus to go fluffy??
Paired with pita chips that I made by sticking pita bread in the toaster oven.
Pipsi (dried arctic char) and baby carrots.
T’was a fun dippy lunch!!
Another difference between my sister and I is that she’s a “natural vegetarian.” What I mean by this is she’s drawn to meat-free foods, and functions best on plants. While I initially planned bison burgers for dinner, I thought Sara may appreciate a homemade black bean patty instead.
I made up the recipe as I went along, and I am really impressed by how they turned out!
- 1 can no-salt added black beans
- 1 scoop (30g) unflavoured soy protein powder
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 a small red onion finely chopped
- 1/2 a small green pepper finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp tabasco sauce
- 1/2 tbsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tbsp cayenne
They were a little goopy, so I fried them in olive oil like savoury pancakes ;)
You couldn’t taste the soy protein powder at all! Impressive!!
Eaten with baked sweet potato crisps (aka cheetahs).
…and kale chips.
Solid meal!! I mixed up mayo and dijon mustard for our dipping sauce. I feel like I must specify that I exclusively use Hellman’s Olive Oil mayonnaise now. I used to buy that light crap, but my mother got me hooked on the good stuff while I was living at home. Now Sara is hooked too. Once you have the Olive Oil, you never go back. You’ve been warned.
After this lovely dinner, Sara and I went to an Intro Ashtanga class at the nearby yoga studio. Third yoga class in three days!! LOVE it. The intro class was really helpful too. The instructor went through and explained all the modified options for many of the more advanced postures in the Ashtanga series. I also learned how much farther I can fold forward when I engage my legs. The workings of the body never ceases to amaze me.
We came back feeling calm and refreshed. I had a hankering for the greek yogurt I splurged on today.
Also added a packet of stevia, vanilla extract and cinnamon.
Goal for June
Remember my goal for June?? I set out wanting to accomplish only one thing this month…
Clearly there were plenty smiles in Banff, although we’ll forget the tears shed when I left home. I’ll be spending the rest of the month here in Ottawa, and I think I need a reminder to spread my lips wide and show off those gums of mine!!
Question of the Day: How are you doing on your goals for this month??
Hiiii!!! Long time no *see*!!
I hope you enjoyed the kick off to my Blogger Interview Series with Tamzin and Tina while I was off gallivanting around Halifax. I’ve got tons more coming up in the next several weeks, should be fun :)
So this will be a short and sweet recap. I didn’t snap many photos as sometimes it’s nice to put the camera aside and live life outside of a viewfinder. Let’s see some of the highlights…
Friday morning I woke up and gave a stab at dairy free protein pancakes.
- 1/4 cup soy protein powder
- 2 tbsp whole wheat flour
- 1 tbsp ground flax
- 1 tsp benefibre
- 1 stevia packet
- 1 tsp baking powder
- lotsa cinnamon
- 1/4 cup egg whites
- 1/2 cup almond milk
Friday morning I also did a full-body weight lifting workout which I quickly regretted upon my arrival to Halifax. The bestie has become a yogini since my last visit, and brought my to my first ever hot yoga class!
Moshka Yoga is a group of independent yoga studios across Canada and several parts of the world. It’s done in a heated studio, around 100 degrees Fahrenheit (or 38 C). It’s not a power flow based class, more static standing, sitting and laying postures.
We started out laying on the floor in savasana (corpse pose). As I laid there, I was already breaking into a sweat over my upper lip, and I was a little concerned I wouldn’t make it through the class. I’m pretty temperature sensitive.
We then moved into crescent moon, awkward pose, a warrior series and balance series, to name a few. All poses I know and am capable of doing, just with the addition of sweat pouring out of every pore on my body.
We also did a few bicycle crunches which was surprising, and ended back in savasana. I left feeling refreshed and peaceful, as well as thirsty and hungry ;)
We wolfed down some Subway (one occasion when the additional sodium is welcome!) and were ready to get our evening started ;)
We started our night out at the Seahorse Tavern for some live folk-pop music. But somewhere along the way we ended up at a sports bar playing pool (where I whooped some ass, might I add). The only other group of people at the bar happened to include someone I went to elementary/middle/high school with!! Small world. Several pitchers of beer were consumed and the night may have finished off with a McDonalds’ Big Mac Snack Wrap.
Because after some draught and pool, I get classy like that ;)
Night turned into morning and I have a feeling it was 5am by the time I crashed.
We were hurting bad enough the next day that I even gave in to Tim Horton’s coffee.
I hate Tim’s. But the caffeine did wonders :)
A chunk of Saturday was spent running around town picking up food – including this place!!
I also picked up some waffles that I was sent coupons to sample. Will feature in the next few days – I’m excited to try them!
Then we got cookin’! I taught Erika how to make guacamole.
I helped her come up with a meal plan for a 12-day detox (don’t worry, it’s safe and healthy). We cooked up a whack of fish and brown rice.
The rest of the evening was spent laying in bed watching Supernatural, and eating bbq ribs and coconut cream pie. I’ve never had the big kind of ribs before. Amazing.
Since we were in bed at a decent hour Saturday, we were able to get up for a morning yoga class today. Friday’s was 60 minutes long, but today we tackled the 90 minute one. I loved it! Felt gooood to sweat all that beer and pie out. Also notable was that I was able to do a whole flow series doing the high plank, chaturangas and cobra, instead of the modified versions on my knees. Getting stronger!
Arrived back to my mom’s place in time for supper.
I like to throw all my usual “healthy” habits out the window every once in a while. It’s more for mental sanity than anything else. To be able to eat and live without any nagging thoughts in the back of my brain. I will say, my tastes have truly changed. While a Big Mac Wrap is briefly tasty, something like this salad satisfies me on a much deeper level. Afterward I can feel my inside smiling :)
Well, this girl is beat. I will do the goals check-in tomorrow, so you’re off the hook this time. I hardly went near a computer all weekend, I’ll be tackling my inbox tomorrow. Fret not if you haven’t heard from me yet! Heart you all! xoxo
Question of the Day: Have you ever done hot yoga? What are your thoughts on it? I was expecting to pass out, so I was quite surprised by how much I enjoyed it!
Bonus Question: What’s one dish you really want to try but haven’t because it’s not “healthy?” I’ve been dying to try a rack of ribs since I started eating meat again. A real rack doused in sauce. When I had the option of getting them this weekend, I knew the time was right. Worth the wait!!