Posts tagged ‘Oats’

September 10th, 2010

Fear: Confront It! Feel The Fear Friday #4

I cannot believe this weather! Usually we get a bit of a lead-in to the upcoming season but so far we’ve just gone full-steam ahead into fall! I’m perfectly content with this as fall, like with many people out there, is my very favourite season!

To celebrate, last night Alan and I went for a nice walk down to the Danforth for a hot drink and treat at Starbucks. I rolled with a non-fat Toffee Mocha while Alan went with the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Turns out the barista didn’t hear properly and made me a non-fat plain mocha instead. When I explained the situation she made me the proper one and then said I could keep the other for free if I wanted as they were just going to throw it out anyway. I hate wasting food so I took it. I figured that although I don’t like cool coffee I could at least try it over ice in the morning!


That means this morning I had a double treat!


OIAJ With Iced Mocha



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I was sad to see my jar of Dark Chocolate Dreams come to an end but excited to have my first hot oatmeal in a while! Sadly, I it was a failed experiment. I thought I’d try half a scoop of protein powder and completely RUINED it. It just tasted all mealy and powdery. :(



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That being said. My iced mocha turned out awesome! Funny, I can’t stand coffee that’s gone cool but you throw ice cubes in it and call it “iced” and I’m all over it!



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Tomorrow Alan and I are heading to Toronto’s Harbourfront for The Toronto Vegetarian Food Fair! This is one of my favourite festivals as I get to try all different types of vegetarian and vegan food and stock up on food you can normally only get at restaurants (like my favourite, the veggie drumstick!!!). There are also lots of samples, talks and cooking demos! I hear there’ll be a whole bunch of us bloggers there tomorrow so come and say hi!


Feel The Fear Friday


Last week I talked about how to be rational when you’re faced with a fear. That your fear is just you over-reacting to something that most likely will never actually happen.


This week I want to talk a bit about understanding your fear.


Simply put, if you want to overcome your fear, you have to understand and confront it. Both of these will help to lessen the fear because knowledge is power. To do this, you need to dig deep and ask yourself the tough questions. Ask yourself why you’re afraid and don’t accept your first answer as the answer. Many times the first answer is a cover answer for something deeper. What I do is to ask myself “why” five times.


When I first moved to Toronto it was because I asked myself why I was afraid to leave my hometown.


Answer #1: I hate the city. It smells and I’ll get murdered.
Answer #2: It’s unfamiliar. I’m a small town girl and I just prefer the small town life.
Answer #3: I don’t know anybody in the city. My family is here. At least I have them.
Answer #4: What if I can’t find a job or make any friends? I don’t want to be alone.
Answer #5: What if I move and I fail? I’ll be embarrassed and I’ll have to move back home just like I did before.


BINGO! I didn’t think I was worth much back then and thought of myself as a failure. But I wasn’t a failure. My problem was that I didn’t try! I thought of myself as so unworthy of success that I never attempted to try anything! I never fought for anything! By asking myself the tough questions and not accepting any answer as the correct one until I knew that I was finally telling myself the truth, I found what the real issue was.


At that point, however, you have to decide what to do with the answer when you get it.


It’s like Lawrence Fishbourne in The Matrix. Do you take the red pill or the blue pill? Do you allow yourself, armed with this new knowledge, to continue down the path you were on or do you decide to go in a different direction? You know exactly what will happen if you continue down the old path because it’s how you currently feel. Sure the new path is unknown but what if going down it leads you to happiness? What if it leads you to everything you ever wanted? How can you ever go back to the life you were leading when you’re faced with the possibility that everything you want is down that other path?


There is not a day that goes by in the last three years that I regret moving and starting my life over again. I know where I’d be if I didn’t and the person I am today is happy, confident and brimming with possibility.


It just starts with asking that one little question: why?


What fear did you bust through this week? What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?

August 5th, 2010

Creating An Action Plan

Breakfast today was a repeat of yesterday, just in a different location!

OIAJ

  • 1/3c rolled oats
  • 3/4 coconut milk
  • 1tbsp chia seeds
  • 1tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1tbsp Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter
  • approx. 1/2tbsp of regular, all natural peanut butter (leftovers from the jar)

I didn’t add any Fibre 1 Honey clusters because I found that they got all mushy when mixed with the hot oats!

Dinner was inspired by one of my favourite chefs! Emily from The Front Burner! She posted this morning about zucchini pasta with tomato mushroom sauce and I knew I just HAD to try it! The only difference in the recipe is that I added basil to the tomato sauce ’cause tomato + bail = lurve

This dinner was amazing! The zucchini was lightly sauteed and it made the dish! It was nice and soft and complimented the sauce really well! I topped it with a bit of feta for protein and had a side of lightly toasted sandwich thins with a wee bit of Earth Balance and a sprinkling of pepper, for some carb action.

This dish was easy to make and phenomenal. I almost opted against saving Alan a plate until I realized I already told him that I’d save him a plate…D’oh!

Half Marathon Training Check Up

I figure that since I’m about half way into half marathon training I’d give ya’s an update!

Training is going well! With the exception of one day I haven’t missed a run session yet and with the exception of one really bad long run where I ached for days (due to spending an entire day hunched over a laptop), I’m feeling GREAT! I find that I’m simultaneously stressing over long runs as well as looking forward to them. Of all the runs in my week, my long run is the one that makes me feel the proudest when I finish up. To say that last Sunday I ran 15km astonishes me. I’ve been running for over two years now and I’m still coming to terms with the simple fact that I’m actually doing it!

The downside to my training is my cross training. I’ve been slacking BIG TIME. For the last two weeks I’ve let it slide due to my major school projects and lack of sleep but I haven’t done much this week either. My training schedule was made to be flexible. The exact days are just a guide, as long as I get what I scheduled done, I don’t care when I do it but I actually haven’t been doing ANY cross-training in several weeks and my only excuse this week is just laziness. I got a taste of sleeping in and I’m getting too accustomed to it! So I’m here to say that this is my last week of slacking off in the cross-training department. Cross-training is really important in training for a race, it gives your body a rest and works the muscles you haven’t been working while running to decrease your chances of injury. I do not want to get injured so this is really important to me.

So what do I do when I notice that I’m starting to slip in an important step? I make an action plan!

It goes something like this:

1. Identify the problem. In this case my lack of cross-training.

2. Come up with a solution

Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

My solution is thus: for the first three weeks, instead of trying to cram in three days of cross training a week, I’ll add ONE (with a goal of three). My cross training consists of circuit training (for cardio + strength) and yoga (to rest and flex those hardened muscles). So for the next three weeks I will focus on getting ONE day of circuit training in combined with short bursts of yoga throughout the week. So instead of having one full, 40-45min yoga session, I’ll chop it up into three or four 5-10min sessions. After three weeks I’ll add my second day of circuit training in and decrease the amount of days I do my yoga but increase the amount of time I do it. So about 2-3 days of yoga, each being between 15-25min.

This will give me a few weeks to get back into the habit of circuit training without feeling like I’m overdoing it and gives me the flexibility to move my yoga sessions around (heh – get it? Flexibility? Yoga?) and won’t make me feel as if I’m going crazy.

With that being said, I’m going to go and do 10 minutes of yoga! I have a 7k tempo run tomorrow and 16k long run on Sunday to prepare for!