Archive for January, 2012

January 23rd, 2012

A Canadian Hawaiian Date

Alan works odd shifts so he doesn’t keep the typical Monday to Friday and so we tend to only have Sunday’s to spend all day together. Last week Alan bought these tabletop date night cards. It’s a small pack of about 150 – 200 cards and on each one is a fun thing to do on a date! We decided to try it out yesterday and our card told us have a Hawaiian night; dress up in shorts and Hawaiian shirts and grill some fish!

Since neither of us eat fish we made our own night! We cleared out the dining table and put a blanket down for a picnic and I made some homemade Pina Coladas in tiki mugs (and umbrellas):

We found a Hawaiian radio station online with a live webcam of some Hawaiian beaches and played Scrabble in our best Hawaiian-esque tops!
For dinner, Alan made a stir-fry that made use of the rest of the coconut milk and pineapple (and I promptly forgot to take a photo) and we threw on a cheesy old beach flick from the 1960’s!
All-in-all it was a ton of fun and I’m looking forward to seeing which date night card we pull out next Sunday!

My 2012 Fitlosophy – Week 1 Recap

Goals for last week included:

Workout goal: Continue to work out even when Alan’s off all week

Nutrition: No overeating at dinner at least 3 days this week

Other: Set alarm for 7am

Rewards: Get a new pair of pants!

How did it go? My workout and nutrition goals were awesome! I worked out every week day last week and I exercised wonderful portion control 5 out of 7 days last week! Sadly, my goal to get up at 7am did not happen. Monday I forgot to set my alarm and the other days I just hit the snooze too many times! I think I was trying to do too much too soon so I think that, if I do want to get up at 7am I’ll have to start getting up earlier in increments instead!

Am I going to get the new pair of pants? YES! Although getting up early didn’t really work out I’m happy about the other goals!

Week 2 Goals

Goals for last week included:

Workout goal: Stick to recovery schedule! This is my last week of TurboFire and it includes a lot of easier workouts and my tendency would normally be to not follow it and do some tougher workouts. I need this recovery schedule as I’m starting a new workout and today I woke up with a sensitive tummy and a semi-sore throat. If I’m getting sick, I need to stick to this recovery schedule so that I don’t make myself worse!

Nutrition: Again, no overeating at dinner at least 3 days this week

Other: Set alarm for 7:45am 4x this week

Reward: Get new eyeshadow, lipstick, nail polish and mascara!

Workouts for the week (all TurboFire):

Mon. – Fire 45EZ Class + Stretch 10

Tues. – Fire 55EZ Class

Wed. – Abs 10 + 40 minutes of yoga

Thurs. – Fire 4EZ Class + Stretch 10

Fri. – Abs 10 + 40 minutes of yoga

Sat. – 45 minutes on the elliptical

Sun. – Rest

Today’s workout was good but I had to take it a bit easier as I was feeling pretty rundown although I’m fine now. I had to take a break at the end of each transition for a drink of water but I still gave it my best!

Dinner was fantastic! I made Angela’s Vegan Enchiladas with Cilantro Avocado Cream Sauce with a side of kale salad! I just had one enchilada although I desperately wanted two of them but they’re also super filling so it was a good thing to stick with one!


The kale salad was from this site as I have actually never used kale for anything other than kale chips! It turned out pretty well although I cut the olive oil down to a 1/4c as the original recipe called for a whopping 1/2 cup!

How’d your Monday go?!

January 19th, 2012

In Desperate Need Of Groceries

Ever have one of those weeks where you’ve just been too darned lazy to get groceries? Up until the middle of this afternoon, that’s what was going on over here!

Things were desperate! Lunch was a Luna bar followed by some Triscuits with hummus as a snack later. It was pathetic!

Because of this, dinner for the last two nights was not of our making!

Last night was date night and we decided to hit up an Italian restaurant in Little Italy before heading over to the theatre to see The Swell Season documentary (as bittersweet as the movie Once).

Honestly? I don’t even remember the name of the restaurant as we were so cold and were running late but I did have a very tasty butternut squash ravioli with a glass of red wine!



Not too much ravioli but even I have to admit that there was too much sauce! It was a tomato sauce mixed with gorgonzola cheese so it was heavenly but it was drowning out the ravioli!

Since we’re not getting our groceries until tomorrow morning (we order our groceries – saves a LOT of time when you don’t have a car at your disposal) we knew we’d order out tonight. I didn’t want pasta again for the third day in a row so we ordered Thai!


Alright, in all honesty I went a little overboard, I ate this plus some tofu wedges in peanut sauce and am quite stuffed! Again, have no clue where Alan ordered this from but we weren’t all that impressed anyway.

The good news is that we have our meals mapped out for the next seven days and all of our yummy, healthy and wonderful food will arrive in the morning! Just in time to put some cream in my coffee (I just can’t quit cream!)

My workout today was scheduled to be Fire 55 plus Abs 10 but I really wasn’t feeling it at all so, instead, I hopped on the elliptical for 45 minutes! I am SO grateful that we have this machine in the house no matter how loud and squeaky it is! It just provides me with a no-excuses workout whenever I look at it!


I know it looks like I didn’t go on it but I think the batteries died as the screen didn’t work so I had to make do. At least we think it was the batteries, normally it gives us plenty of warning when we have to replace it and it didn’t the last time I was on it and now it’s not working. Hopefully it’s just the batteries…

What are your go-to foods for when you’re in desperate need of a grocery run?