Archive for May, 2010

May 30th, 2010

Welcome To The Jungle

Gotta love fabulous weekends. Especially those where nothing of major importance happens but you’re just feeling really relaxed and generally satisfied with the world.

Yesterday, I scored big time at Running Room! I normally don’t shop there because they’re so expensive but I was looking for a Camelbak and it seemed to be the only place I could find one in the city. I popped into one downtown and low and behold, it was only sale for $30! Then the girl working there (I was the only one in the store, by the way) directed me towards the sales rack. I came out of there with a Camelbak for $30, pair of Running Room shorts for $9.99, a pair of Brooks shorts for $4.99(!), a hat for $9.99 and a shirt for $9.99! Those with a Luna bar and Hammer Gels only set me back $74 taxes included! Couldn’t believe it!

Needlesstosay I was really looking forward to my 10k this morning!

Pre-run I had my very favourite pre-run meal: a banana smothered in nut butter, this time it was almond butter. Alan made me painfully aware of what this looks like but I’m posting it anyway!

Then I was off for my 10k! I decided to head down to the Lower Don because the Toronto Womens Half Marathon (& 5K) was dominating my usual long run haunt. I had a fabulous run in my new gear and LOVE my Camelbak! I barely noticed I had it on and finally had a place to bring my phone. I get paranoid without it just in case I’m in an emergency situation. All of my new running clothes worked really well. It was hot so I took it really slow and finished in 1:14:30.

Afterwards I showered and quickly downed a piece of bread with peanut butter and jam before heading out for driving lesson number 2! Today I had my initiation into driving and banked a curb in reverse but it was a low curb and it was all good (other than a driver heading towards his car laughing at me…heh…). Alan and I are turning into pretty confident drivers though and I look forward to these lessons! Next week we’ll be driving from one parking lot to another! Progress!

I was STARVING after the lesson so we went to our favourite little  hideaway on the Danforth, Sarah’s, for brunch.

Sarah’s is a micro-brewery with also a really nice wine and cheese selection. We decided to soak up the patio scene!

We didn’t go for the booze today, though! Alan had a Harvest Latke which was a latke with peameal bacon and grilled cinnamon raisin apples on top with a side salad! It smelled delish!

I opted, last minute, for the frittata of the day: red pepper, sun dried tomatoes and brie with home fries and a salad.

It was awesome! I love how Sarah’s gives you REAL servings and not mammoth portions! Their homefries are to-die-for, perfectly cooked (not too crispy, not too soft) with the right amount of seasoning. The frittata was really yummy, I loved the brie in it, it wasn’t too strong but you knew it was there! I gave this plate a bit of a salt seasoning as I didn’t have a sports drink after my run and I’m trying to make sure I get my sodium levels back up.

The afternoon has been spent making the winning bidder of Shop 4 A Cause 2 and it’s been hell as the house smells amazing and I can’t eat any of it!!!!

We also decided to tackle our jungle of a back garden!

It actually wraps around to the left and it’s even worse! The garden’s been neglected for years so it’s become quite the job to try and fix it back up. We also had to buy a sprinkler today as we haven’t had a good amount of rain in weeks and our grass is slowly burning to death!

Speaking of grass! We planted grass seed along the left side of the fence last week and look what we found yesterday!

We are very happy grass parents! 😀 Neither of us are gardeners so it’s all been quite a learning experience but we’ve been reaping all the proud benefits of silly things like the first shoots of grass!

While I was busy clearing away some old weeds, Alan got busy planting the tomatoes that our neighbour gave us this morning!

Exciting!!! Our first plants! We also have raspberry bushes that had already been planted in the garden years back but these are our first babies! I’d better get to liking tomatoes more, pronto! I see homemade salsa in the future!

Are you a gardener? Any tips for new gardeners?

May 28th, 2010

Listening To Your Body

Note to self: No curry the night before a run of ANY kind.

Moving on…

I’m still on my cool breakfast kick, but today I did something shocking: I did NOT have oats for breakfast! I KNOW!!!

Mostly because I was out of yogurt. Heh.

Instead, I cooled myself off with a piece of Dempsters Ancient Grains bread with some coconut butter and strawberry jam. The coconut butter was soft going on but then immediately hardened, it ended up tasting really good mixed with the jam! It felt like I was eating dessert!

And because I knew a slice of bread wouldn’t fill me up, I dined on a morning Green Monster!

  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 large banana
  • 3 large strawberries
  • 1 kiwi
  • 3/4c organic soy milk
  • 1tbsp flaxseed
  • 1tbsp chia seeds

This filled me up straight through to lunch! Green Monsters are da bomb (and yes, I did just say “da bomb”)!

Lunch was very simple! A slice o’ bread with hummus and spicy mustard with spinach and Tofurkey deli slices (trying to use them up). I had this with two wedges of Laughing Cow a sweet potato, Caitlin style, and an apple.

Listening To Your Body

Last Saturday I gave up tracking my calories. After three years of losing weight I’m pretty good with knowing how many calories/carbs/fats/protein I’m getting into my system and I find that with my ever-changing running schedule (i.e., increasing miles), hitting a static number every day is just NOT going to cut it. Sure it’ll help me to lose weight but it won’t curb hunger. So I decided to start tracking just that, my hunger. I pulled out a notebook I had lying around the house (we have quite the collection of notebooks) and began tracking my meals, my mood and hunger levels upon waking and throughout the day, the amount of sleep I get and the exercise I do (plus calories burned). I’m paying MUCH more attention to my own body since I started doing this and I think after a few weeks I’ll be able to start seeing some real trends and then can adjust my eating habits accordingly.

This is a REALLY cool process! I love paying so much attention to how my body is working and figuring out just how I can take care of it on my own.

Do you track what you eat? What’s your process?

I’m looking forward to my evening! Homemade pizza, wine, movies and cuddles on the couch! Viva la weekend!!!