Posts tagged ‘Coconut’

May 24th, 2010

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?

May 11th, 2010

Watered Down Coconut Red Lentil Soup

Had a ROUGH time getting out of bed for my run this morning! Mondays and Wednesdays are my longest days, I get up at 5:30am, go to work for 9am, leave at 5pm for the hour commute to university and then sit in a classroom until 10pm before I take the other hour long commute back home. It makes for a looooong day. But that’s nothing compared to the next morning when the alarm goes off at 5:30am again and I have to haul my booty out of bed for some exercise. But I’ll take it! I used to be an evening exerciser but once I started school again my evenings became so hectic with exercise and studying that I never had time for Alan or a social life. So although I’m still adjusting to the early mornings, I’ll take them any day of the week!

I didn’t allow myself to think about the time and just got out of bed and out the door for a 5k run around the block. I finished in 34:21 and was sooo close to doing a negative split but the two traffic lights at the end killed it! D’oh! In my mind I did a negative split! 😉

Normally I think of myself as an original but this time I just couldn’t help myself. Several weeks ago I noticed the recipe for Coconut Red Lentil Soup on 101 Cookbooks and knew I had to immediately put that on my menu list! But then Angela over at Oh She Glows beat me to it and made her own batch this week! This morning I was reading her post and realized I had all the ingredients for it with the exception of the split peas and red lentils (I just had yellow lentils).

Because I didn’t have any split peas I doubled up the lentils but I forgot to reduce the amount of water due to the fact that there was nothing to soak up the water! So it ended up tasting very watered down but I must say, the smell of toasted curry wafting through the house was quite wonderful!

Next time I think I need to add some more lentils or :gasp: the actual split peas to give it some more heft and, obviously, reduce the water to bring out the flavour.

My Aunt, Uncle and two out of four of my cousins (of their children, that is, I have about a gajillion cousins) dropped by, conveniently, just as dinner was ready. My cousin is in her first year of University(!) and has just moved into a house with a friend of hers. Seeing as Alan and I have a bunch of duplicates I told her she could have whatever she needed. It was actually a little surreal because I remember just a few years ago receiving almost all of the same stuff from the same Aunt and Uncle! History was repeating itself and I felt really great for helping my cousin get started (not like she needs the help, she’s disgustingly smart and independent!).

I was a late bloomer in regards to getting my own place. I moved to Japan in 2004 and that was when I got my first apartment! But when I moved back home I had no furniture or anything so I relied on the dollar store, yard sales and hand-me-downs to get started. Although nothing matched I loved everything because it was mine! I felt soooo grown up!

Do you recall a time when you felt like history was repeating itself? Was it weird for you? Do you remember when you first got your own place?