Exercise Ethics

Today has been the perfect mixture of productive and absolutely lazy! I love having plans for the long weekends but this weekend I just wanted to relax, study for my mid-term and just generally enjoy the slow hours go by.

I woke up bright and early and immediately sprayed myself down with some sunscreen as I got a little bit of colour yesterday! Then I took my breakfast outside!

I didn’t feel like having a hot breakfast so yogurt with oats it was!

This concoction contained:

  • 1/2c plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4c oats
  • 1tbsp raspberry pie filling
  • 1tbsp ground pecans
  • 1/2 a disgustingly large strawberry
  • 1 packet of stevia (to take the tartness out of the yogurt)

I enjoyed this with a couple cups of coffee while catching up on my favourite blogs.

After I successfully woke myself up I decided to perform a miracle. In two hours the front of our house went from this:

To this:

Our house belongs to Alan’s great aunt who is currently in a nursing home. Due to her inability to keep up with the lawn duties in her last few years in the house, they put these cement slabs down in the front of the house to keep the mowing down. Now that we’re fixing the place up, this is all going to be taken up and we’re going to put grass back down. The weeds that come up between these slabs is insane and a pain in the butt!

I was pooped after this, also because the sun had come out and we are now on a heat advisory so Alan (who helped out half way through) and I went in for lunch.

A wrap with some black bean and corn salad, a bit of sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and a tiny bit of veggie ground round with four black pepper Triscuits.

I washed it down with a massive amount of veggies and fruit in the form of a Green Monster!

  • 2c spinach
  • 1 gigantic strawberry
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1/4 mango
  • 1c vanilla soy milk
  • 1tbsp peanut butter
  • 1tbsp coconut butter
  • splash of lavender (soooo nice)

The rest of the afternoon was pretty quiet and lazy. I got some studying done, transplanted a plant that was too big for its pot and then, as it was getting really hot outside we took ourselves inside and played Lego Batman on Alan’s Xbox 360 for a while (I’m not a gamer but the Lego games are f-u-n!).

My lunch held me over until 6pm! Woo! My grand plan was to heat up some Palak Paneer with coconut rice and coconut encrusted sweet potato balls (I realized I had a lot of coconut stuff but Alan didn’t mind and I LOVE coconut). However, I realized I only had coconut milk but I thought I’d give it a shot anyways and threw it in with the rice in the rice cooker.

Total fail! It didn’t cook the rice well at all and ended up overflowing all over the counter! The good news is that we still had a half an hour before the sweet potato balls cooked up so I just threw in some regular rice (with a pinch of curry powder).

The coconut encrusted sweet potatoes came out great!

And super easy to make!

Coconut Encrusted Sweet Potato Balls

  • 2 sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed.
  • unsweetened shredded coconut

Pre-heat the oven to 350*F. Roll the sweet potatoes (I put the bowl into the freezer for 5 minutes after I mashed them up) into balls and roll them over the shredded coconut. Put them onto a baking sheet and cook for 30 minutes, turn once maybe about half way through. Next time I think I’m going to add some cinnamon to the mix!

It’s hard to believe the long weekend is over already! I have to say that I’ve been fairly lazy this weekend, I normally work out on Monday’s but I also cut myself some slack exercise-wise the week leading up to an exam so I don’t get overwhelmed. Tomorrow morning will see me going for a run, possibly 6-7k. Seeing as we’re in the midst of a heat advisory, I’m glad I’ll be running in the morning!

When it comes to my exercise ethic I have always tried to make sure that it will fit into my life. If it becomes overwhelming or causes me to not be able to do things I’d normally do, I look into making readjustments. This is not to say I don’t make working out a priority as I certainly do but I always ask myself if it’s something I will be able to keep up years down the road or even when I start to have a family. Working out for hours every day just won’t cut it for me and there will be some weeks that my exercise has to be sacrificed for other things (such as an exam). Can I see myself being active for an hour a day 4-5 days a week for most of my life? Yes, do I see myself doing it for more than that 6-7 days a week? No. I used to suffer from major exercise guilt but it’s lessened over the last year because I realized that even if one week is a light exercise week, I’m always wanting to move again as soon as possible. I realized that moving my body truly has become a permanent part of my life so I no longer get in a panic if I miss a day or life throws a wrench in my plans.

Sure this has caused my weight loss to be slow but, in the end, I know it’s sustainable and will cause me to be active for the rest of my life!

What’s your workout ethic?


  • At 2010.05.24 22:36, Mark Smith said:

    Sustainable is the key! I don’t force myself to a diet I hate, moderation is the key. My workout ethic though is I always want to be progressing, since my workout routine is based around weightlifting. If I don’t make progress, whether it’s reps, weight or intensity, I feel my workout is a failure. Maybe not the healthiest outlook on weight training, but so far it’s done me well. It goes back to sustainable for me, since I constantly want to improve myself and I know taking too long off will counteract that goal.

    And I just picked up a jug of Purple Wraath (EAA complex) it’s really improved my weight lifting sessions and it tastes kinda like grape Koolaid!

    p.s. Those food pics look scrumtious, especially those wraps. I actually just made a similar bean dip/filling the other day, loaded with hot peppers and salsa. A couple bucks for 3-4 days worth of food is fine by me!

    • At 2010.05.25 11:51, Kristen said:

      My workout ethic is definitely to listen to my body…both my physical AND mental! Sometimes my body needs a break and sometimes it is eager to move. Other times, it is my brain that needs a break! Yes, that means VERY slow, if not at all, weight loss…and that’s okay! :-) I want it to be sustainable just as Mark says.

      • At 2010.05.26 11:07, Kristina G said:

        I am definitely going to try these! Thanks for the recipe!

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