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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 6th, 2010

Springtime in Toronto

I ate well today, my friends! But first, I woke up in a daze as I got to bed late last night and was still dreaming when the alarm went off. Ugh.

Did 30 minutes of yoga to stretch out my stiff hips and legs and then got to work on some breakfast! I missed my oats! I know it’s EVERYWHERE in the blogosphere but I’ve had it almost every day since August and am STILL not sick of it! I know! I think it’s weird too!

My oats contained:

  • 1/3c rolled oats
  • 3/4c vanilla soy milk
  • 1/2tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1tbsp almond butter
  • palmful of Kashi Go Lean Crunch

That, along with a fabulous cup of morning coffee made for a perfect breakfast!

Lunch was easy and quick as I was rushing (aren’t you supposed to be calm after yoga?!).

Fresh veggies with a balsamic dressing for dip and some fat free cottage cheese with a wee bit of maple syrup!

An orange!

And leftover Kitchen Sink Bean Salad!

This, unfortunately, did not tide me over so around 3pm I had a snack of an apple and really wanted a Cliff bar so I ran across the road to the drugstore to get one but they stopped selling them! Waaa!!!! So after much debate I picked up this “Fullbar”

Apparently it’s actually an appetite suppressant bar but the ingredients are all natural. But here’s the kicker: the instructions tell you to eat it, along with 8oz of water, 30 minutes before your meal and (magically) you’ll eat less at your meal! This stuff tasted like grain puffs mashed with peanut butter, it wasn’t  very tasty at all! Here’s what the creator, Michael A. Snyder, MD says on the back of the bar:

Four years and 50 formulations later, Fullbar was born. The bottom line is simple, when you feel full, you eat less. When you eat less you lose weight. Enjoy Fullbar as a simple part of your daily routine and enjoy your full life.

Dude, 50 formulations later?! And THAT’S what you came up with?! 😕

I got home two hours later and Fullbar did not live up to its name. I was still hungry and wasn’t going to be having dinner until later as I had a spin class to go to. I decided to snack on a pre-exercise Green Monster.

This one contained:

  • 1 big handful of spinach
  • 1 large banana
  • 1/2c soy milk
  • 5 ice cubes
  • dash of cinnamon
  • YUM

Spin was great! We did a mix of bumps, intervals and a 20 minute hill climb! I love my instructor, Jen, because she treats spin sessions like we’re actually riding outdoors! I ended the class sweaty and satisfied! I hadn’t been to spin in three weeks!

On my way home, although a bit chilly, the wind blew the spring air into my face and seeing as all the most fragrant flowers are just starting to bloom now, I made sure to stop at EVERY single lilac bush (tree?) and took deep, long breaths. It was glorious!

Got home and made myself a simple dinner of pasta and a HUGE salad. Anytime I have a main, carby dinner, I make sure that half my plate is stuffed with veggies!

What’s your favourite aspect of Spring? Is it the weather? The smells? The rain?!